I wrote the other day about making conscious decisions. Today, I am going to add to that by writing about mindful driving. Yesterday, I had reason to make a fairly longish trip. Rather than get stressed out about possible traffic problems I might encounter, I made the conscious decision to get up an extra 20 minutes earlier than usual. Doing this simple thing, gave me an extra 20-30 minutes drive-time to arrive at my destination, thus reducing the possibility of becoming stressed out, if traffic was bad. It wasn't. As I cruised along at my normal speed, the other vehicles were whizzing by me in a blurr...all rushing to get to somewhere on time. As for me, I had the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery. It was beautiful! Distracted driving doesn't just mean yakking on a cell phone, or sending frivolous text messages, it can also mean having your mind occupied with too many thoughts. The road I was on took me through a part of the swamp I don't normally see. The trees were a little different, and sky seemed a little bluer. It was a crisp, fall day and I really enjoyed the drive. When I arrived at my destination, I was alert, relaxed, and ready for whatever the day had to offer. My advice, then, is simple; leave earlier, drive at a slower but constant speed, be more mindful of your surroundings, and make your drive or daily commute a pleasurable experience. You'll arrive on time and feel far less stressed. And isn't that the way we all want to start...and end...our day? While you may not have the time to actually "stop and smell the roses" you do have the ability to see them and appreciate their beauty as you drive past. Time for me to get hoppin' See you tomorrow!
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