Traffic jams are such an annoyance. No one likes a traffic jam!
Actually, they can be downright infuriating.
After all, you left in PLENTY of time to arrive at your destination, only to be stuck on the freeway.
You strain your neck out of the window, trying to figure out WHAT’s going on. Fuming, you inch forward at a snail’s pace.
Too many minutes pass and you finally see an accident…but one that occurred quite some time ago. The paramedics have long left the scene; the debris cleared. Cars are removed from the flow of traffic.
But traffic isn’t flowing.
You’re in a jam.
Because you’re you, you breathe a prayer for the poor souls who were in the accident. But next you say, “Why did every one slow down?”
The fascination of something gone wrong is magnetic.
It draws you in.
You can’t help but look.
And so it is in everyday life. (Even off of the roadway.)
That curt reply to your lengthy e-mail. The maddening lack of collaboration on an important project. The juicy tidbit of gossip about a colleague. Fixating on your neighbor’s tendency to leave their trash can by the curb long after pick-up day.
Nagging little things!
Or, bigger things.
Like the drama that unfolds regularly on our TV screens or TMZ alerts. The tragedy of human life lost. Or the bluster of the election season with its fear-inducing ads.
Attraction to negative things creates a gaper delay. It jams us up, delaying our better selves and our higher hopes.
It holds up resistance to the flow of good.
No, I’m not saying to ignore the truths of life. But must they have SO much of our attention?
What you give attention to grows. And by that attention, you attract more of it. Even if it is something you abhor!
My friends and I have a rule. When we’re “gotten” by a thing and feel we must talk about it, we preface the conversation with: “I’m giving you just a ten-second rundown because I don’t want to energize this anymore.”
We understand that language with each other.
It’s not that we don’t care, and if we WENT there, we’d be marvelous commiserators.
But would it help?
Would it do any good?
We have decided we’d rather be co-creators of that which we WANT.
So we flip the script and move the conversation to one that feels better.
Yes, so that thing happened, but how can we see the good in it? Or let’s daydream a bit and imagine the thing we WANT happening.
This bad thing? It’s only temporary anyway. No matter what it is, it will pass!
And the next thing will come along.
This is the cycle of life.
I want to accelerate the good and attract more of it.
What I see right now?
It’s actually OLD news. Because I’m going forward.
If you feel you’ve been waiting way too long for things you want or for change to come, consider if you’ve jammed yourself up by gaping at the UNwanted.
Change the subject in your mind. Encourage your friends to help you stay on track. Take a nap to stop the momentum!
And feel the relief that comes from once again, putting your pedal to the metal.
My last two weeks? A rollercoaster! And thanks to angels of mercy, I made it through…
Thank a healthcare worker today!
And I hope everything that seems a bit lifeless has life breathed into it with new inspiration these next two weeks —