Monday, February 2, 2009

The Road of Life...YOU are in the Driver's Seat.

As I was driving home the other day, I reflected on how similar that being in the driver’s seat is to Life. For most of my life I thought I was a passenger, feeling like life was happening to me instead of claiming responsibility for the journey that I was on, it was much easier to sit back and ride along.

However, when I looked glanced up at the mirror I realized that I was in the driver’s seat all along. I was merely looking at the reflection of my life; where I had been. I could go no further on my journey when my center of attention was simply on my past. Focusing on the rear view mirror will never show me what is in my future, it only show’s me what has gone by and where I came from...that was a part of my trip…but not as important as where I was going.

In the driver’s seat of life, I get to chart my path, I decide who rides with me, where I may stop along the way. By starting the car, having a plan, and putting the car in drive, I decide what is next. Sometimes, people may come onto the highway and cut me off… I keep going, sometimes slower vehicles may slow me down, but that gives me the opportunity to look around..and not speed pass some great opportunities that I may have overlooked. Even with great friends suggestions acting as my GPS system, I AM responsible for getting to the destination.

“The past will never change, but you can
change the future by changing your actions
today. It is really a very simple process.
We, as humans, are always in a process of
change. Therefore, we might as well guide
the direction in which we will change.”
—From The Traveler’s Gift

I wear the seat belt to remind me that yes there are going to be bumps on the road…but that is all a part of the trip. I may drive down a gravel road or a smooth highway, either way; it is up to me to keep focused on the road ahead. I can glance behind me for a moment to remind me of where I have been; however focusing on the road ahead will bring me closer to my destination.

My Grandfather used to say, “No matter who you are, No matter what you are, You Must Start where you are.” I would like to encourage you to Start. (Turn off the cruise control.) Decide where your destination will be, put your life on drive, focus on the road in front of you, know your goal and make it to your destination. Even though it sometimes feels like you are on the road alone, you are not. Some of us occasionally travel in a four wheel drive and are only a phone call away to give you a push.


Remember that Every Action that you Take, Every Decision that you Make…Everything that YOU do MATTERs.

I love you,
Most Humbly,
Marcia






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