Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Once upon a time I was on my way home from work. It had been a good day, long, but good. I was happily listening to my radio as I made my way back home. A drive that had become monotonous over the last few months- stop, wait, go... repeat... three turn and your home. This day was just like the rest. stop, wait, go... repeat.
I made it to a stoplight. I was first in line. Life was good.
A biker came up along side me- he had clips. I watched him as he tried his hardest to not have to clip out and stop. He skillfully balanced his bike while inching forward, anxious for the cars turning left to stop so he could do. I watched him go farther and farther into the intersection as the last car was making the turn. I held my breath in hopes that he would make it in time- (I might have laughed really hard if he had fallen over, but my humanity really was hoping he wouldn't)- He had my complete focus, I was engrossed in this biker. The last car turned left, he had made it, and off we went across the intersection.
We- I followed. I looked up half way through the intersection to see a red light staring back at me.
I got to the other side. stopped. laughed. a lot. and then slowly started driving again- still laughing.
After waiting at the light for over a minute I ran a red light- I wasn't in a rush, it wasn't intentional- but it happened.
There is a lesson to be learned- despite the fact you shouldn't run red lights.
Life is about where you place your attention. Are you focusing on the things right in front of you, or do you allow other things to distract you? I have become awful at being on my phone in the presence of others- a quick text, instagram, or even to play a game. My focus is off of the things right in front of me, the things that are most important. There are even times when I'm talking with someone and my attention wanders to a nearby conversation or I get lost in thought.
And then there is the eternal perspective. How often do I get distracted by the here and now, the biker, and ignore the things of eternal significance.
the end of my musings.