Recently I was involved in a car accident.
It was scary, frightening in fact.
I was driving & living life….then suddenly I blink.
I awoke seconds later, with no idea what happened.
My car is an absolute mess.
There were funny smells.
Things leaking from my engine.
I have to admit, having a car is a luxury.
Many of us take cars for granted, thinking they’ll always be there for us… I know I did.
I thought it would always be there for me, I could always depend on it. In a matter of minutes I was able to get where I wanted, when I wanted. That was all taken from me.
I have now been car-less for a few weeks. I had a pessimistic view on it to begin with. But I realized–I’ve got a bike. 🙂
Suddenly, I was aware to all those in the world without a car—that’s ALOT. Those in the past that had to take long trips for basically anything…
Most third world countries take hours to walk & find food.
Some have to walk thirty minutes to find water.
others simply stay within a five mile radius of home, because they have no other options.
& here I am complaining I can’t drive five minutes to the nearest Starbucks because I want my daily caffeine fix.
I know some of you believe that everything happens for a reason, some don’t.
Every little thing that has happened in my life has opened my eyes to something else. Moments of impact make you more grateful, change your perspective, mix things up.
As much as it’s an inconvenience to my normal life, I love it. I’ve been seeing the world through a different view.
One on a bike. One much slower, but way more wonderful.
I’m actually appreciating the things around me. But while in a car–many things distract me. It’s made me more peaceful.
What I’m getting at is, when something bad or inconvenient happens in your life. When a moment happens that you find yourself acting like a spoiled kid. Slow down. Breathe in, breathe out…. & just remember SO much more in this life matters then material items.
Allow God to form your thoughts, your actions, & especially your heart. Allow him into your life. Because when you realize everything around you is his & not yours, letting go of all the pressures of the world to compete & compare fall. Appreciate his beauty. Appreciate him.