Windshield LivingBy: lifeorganics | May 04 2016
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I used to hate the way my husband used his wipers in rain and snow—waiting until it was impossible to see clearly before making use of the windshield wipers, and doing this repeatedly for an entire trip. It bothered me partially because driving safely requires being able to… uhm… actually SEE where we’re going. It also bothered me because I suspected that, on some level, it was rooted in some macho, ego, male thing that I could never begin to understand. Because I am not only “not a fan,” but possess actual hatred for the whole “macho ego” thing, I do hope I’m wrong about that. I mean, let’s face it, there is nothing, whatsoever, “manly” about enduring poor visibility while driving. I can run down a long list of things about my husband that impresses people. Infrequent use of the wipers is not one of them. While I still don’t get it, and would prefer to see them put to great use, it doesn’t irritate me as much as it used to. I’ve come to believe if we could live life the way we drive— keeping our focus beyond the smudges and insects that find themselves on our windshields, we would be much better off. Knowing that as long as we can see the road ahead, their presence is not a hindrance, and our eyes and brains adjust in amazing ways that block them out, altogether.
How many things in our lives appear to be huge, pressing matters, up close and personal in our field of vision, yet not worth the time it would take to attend to them while proceeding to our destination? It may be challenging, but if we focus on our destination and the results we anticipate achieving, we would find the time it takes to disrupt our own progress by pulling over to sweat the small stuff isn’t worth it. If we could begin to take care to guard our time the way we guard our money, we would find ourselves, instead of lacking and complaining of “not having enough hours in a day,” with higher levels of productivity and much needed balance. This would bring about multiple benefits that are not only production and income related, but our familial and social relationships could be deepened and strengthened, as well as greater possibilities for adequate rest and personal care. As we travel life’s road, rain, snow and insect casualties come with the territory and cannot be avoided, but let’s commit to keeping them in perspective—enjoying the journey and tending to them on an “as needed” basis—no more, no less.
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