Stress, driving and the hawk

Stress Management

Ah, the weekend! Who doesn’t love the weekend? Time off from work and the time to do something fun; sometimes the fun is right at home and sometimes you have to travel to get to the fun. A drive to the fun can be fun in itself. If you can count the drive to the fun as being fun you can have a great weekend.

Maybe you think the driving part can be stressful. Driving can do that to you. Many time we let the math of driving to get in the way. Part of that is math. You want to get to your destination but you can’t seem to get there. It doesn’t matter how fast you drive, you can’t seem to get to your destination as fast as you would like.

One of my friends says that his wife is always late because she can’t come to grips with the fact that the drive from their house to downtown takes 25 minutes. She swears that the drive should only take fifteen minutes. She lives in a state of stress because she can’t seem to get anywhere on time.

Everyone can have a little bit of that in them. I like to drive with nobody in front of me. That makes me feel I’m in front of the line. If I’m in the front of a line of cars it doesn’t matter if I’m running 50 or 70 there is no stress at the front of the line.

This can work if you are following a car that is running faster than you. If the car in front is running a little faster than you all is okay. You are not gaining on them and there is no stress about having to pass them.

This happened just this past week. I was following a car that was going 66 in a 60 MPH zone. This was perfect. I started going 66 and I wasn’t gaining on him. I wasn’t worried about getting to my destination but it felt like I was in the front of the line and I was going about as fast as I wanted to go. I was making good time and all was going great. Even the thought of getting into town and facing traffic lights didn’t stress me.

Traffic picked up when I got into town. It seemed like everyone else was stressed. They drove as if they didn’t know that the traffic lights were going to mess up their math and they couldn’t reach their destination on time.

Lots of people are driving that way. They carry stress with them and don’t realize that the rest of the drivers don’t care where they are going. Sometimes that is hard to remember. It didn’t take long to get into a situation that proved this fact.

I was almost out of town and came to a big intersection. One guy was in the left lane and was about to get to the intersection. He stopped, cut on his right blinker and moved over towards the right lane. I started slowing down in case he pulled over in front of me. The people behind me were crowding up wanting to get to their destination and stress was growing at the intersection. One guy in the wrong lane was keeping all these other people from being in the front of the line and driving like they wanted.

Now comes the part about the hawk and the purpose of the story. While this intersection became more crowded with slowing cars and people’s stress level increasing; a hawk swooped down by the edge of the road and grabbed a field mouse and flew off.

The hawk was unconcerned about all the people driving cars and trying to get somewhere. The hawk was only concerned with catching some food and wasn’t worried about the cars going.

If there is a moral to this story, maybe we just need to slow down a little bit and not be stressed out about a little drive. The fact that all these people were out going from place to place but all the other people were not concerned about where they were going.

It would help if we realized that just like the hawk, nobody in the other cars cares where we are going. Don’t take yourself so seriously.

Original post: The Mt. Hope Scrolls By Bobby Jonte.

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