Hopefully, each time we get into our cars, we reach for our seat belts and hear that familiar little “click”. I remember when I was a child and the cars had no seat belts or if they did they lie dormant sunk into the dark recesses of where they were attached. They were almost considered a joke. It was like we were impenetrable.
Luckily, research has shown the value of that little “click” and now we are even penalized if we do not buckle up. I admit that there are times that I will travel a block or two before I buckle up. Not so wise as they say that most accidents occur within just a few miles of home.
Over Thanksgiving, I traveled 10 hours one direction and 10 hours back. I traveled on those highways with 1000′s of other cars and it all went without one glitch.
Last Saturday, I was about 1/2 mile from my home and my car was totalled. I have been added to the statistic that most accidents happen within just a few miles of your home. Of course, those are the miles that we do travel the most.
Luckily, I and my 2 passengers had our seat belts on and the airbags DID work. Stinky things, air bags, but better than the alternative.
All six of us in the accident were fine except for minor injuries. I am grateful. It has taken a few days to recover from the shock of the impact……a very spacey and ungrounded feeling. I feel much more myself today.
Life happens everyday. It is easy to put things that we know are important on the back burner because we think that we have all the time in the world. Maybe it is a trip we have yearned to take for a very long time. Maybe it is a letter that we have wanted to write. Maybe it is a career or a hobby that we feel excited about but never feel we have the time.
We honestly do not know what life will bring to our door step each day. It behooves us to spend time in quiet each day, with our heart open, to feel what is truly important to do or to convey that particular day. Someone to contact, an idea to pursue, a particular movie to rent…….our hearts will guide us to live each day in a way that will feel fulfilling and inspiring at the days end.
I am trying to just be with my experience and see what it has to teach me. I am deeply grateful for my loving friends who have stepped forward to drive me around, made me food, etc. I am looking at the highest interpretation of all of this.
So, be well. Be safe. Make sure you hear the “click” before you begin driving. Live each day well. Take time for quiet in this holiday season to know that you are living “on purpose”. Stay warm in the cold weather that is coming. Many blessings and gratitude, Melanie
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