I wouldn’t say I’m a morning person. I get up and do the things that I need to do because they must be done. Most weekday mornings, my day starts between 6:00-6:30 am. I get Jack off to the bus, then the littles. I am fortunate enough to be able to come home by myself and get ready for work, which is very nice.
Something most people I talk to already know is that me and the boys very much enjoy the Bobby Bones show. We listen to it on 93.3 every morning. We enjoy all aspects of it, especially the Bonehead story of the day and the Tell Me Something Good segment. Every morning around when I pull into my driveway after dropping off the littles, the local part of the radio hour happens. I hear local news, weather and traffic. This is the worst part of my morning.
Every time I hear that woman’s voice I cringe. She says something about the weather and how clear the roads are and then she shares “areas to avoid due to crashes.” I can’t. I just can’t. I appreciate the information on which roads to steer clear of to avoid a delay, but this really gets to me.
Every morning, when I hear that voice, I flash back to driving to work on The day my life changed forever. I know I heard that voice. I know I heard the update on weather, road conditions and accidents. I don’t specifically remember this, but I always heard it on my commute, so I know I heard it that day. What I didn’t know was who was in one of those accidents and how it would effect my life.
I know accidents and delays are super inconvenient.
I know running late, especially in the morning, can mess up your day.
I want you to do me a favor. The next time you hear the accidents reported in the news or are delayed by an accident going somewhere, please take a moment. Take a moment not to be mad or frustrated that you will be late now, but to Pause. The person or people in that accident also are now running late. They didn’t plan for that to happen today or to inconvenience you. They would Love not to be in that situation right now.
Pause to Pray. If you don’t “pray” then send good vibes. Put into the universe how you hope all involved are safe and well. Pray for their families, everyone has one. Pray for the professionals on scene, that they can do their jobs well and help however needed.
Pause to be Grateful. Little things happen to make you 1 minute later than normal, maybe 5 minutes. Or maybe you left early to treat yourself to a coffee. You are safe. It’s not you. It’s not your loved one. You are ONLY running late and if that is your biggest problem right this second, you are blessed.
Pause to Think and Be Kind. We all wake up with a plan on how the day is going to go in our heads. We never think an accident or tragedy will interrupt our day. We have no idea what struggles others may be going through. Maybe if you’re a little more patient in line, maybe if you smile at a stranger, maybe if you compliment someone, Maybe you’ll brighten their day. Maybe your day will seem brighter too.
I realize I cannot avoid the daily traffic update every morning or avoid all signs of accidents happening. I deal. I get through the days being thankful for what I have. And I continue to listen to my favorite morning show despite the impending news updates.
I figure if the worst part of my morning is hearing something in the radio, I’m doing alright.
Pause to Pray.
Pause to be Grateful.
Pause to be Kind.
MAKE GOOD CHOICES.
~Love & Light, Sarah