Last week between client sessions I had a quick minute to post an article online (it was on Thought Vs. Action, if you’d like a look-see) before I ran to a couple different stores for people food, dog food, cat food and paper. As I was driving along trying to decide what I had time for, what was most important and thinking of the article that didn’t get properly edited, I felt tension creeping in.
Awareness of the tension was my red flag to release it and remember all is well. No need to be tense. But it kept creeping back in. Three times I remember consciously releasing tension, before I finally checked in as to where it was coming from. A general feeling of being rushed was behind it.
By then I’d kind of lost patience with myself. After all, I had work to do.
So we get to the first store (the dogs came with), pick up the dog and cat food along with a couple treats, no time to chat with the owner, barely time to pet the store chihuauhua on the way out.
We’re on the road again and I’m deciding what I have time for next. Paper or people food, I don’t have time for both. It probably has to be paper cause that’ll be quicker. And I better not get distracted by any fun colored stuff – because I know I have a tendency to be drawn to colored paper, pens, folders .. it’s like a magnet. No time for fun, though. We have to be efficient!
Which is the thought I was holding when my cute little car got slammed in the rear end by a woman who didn’t know the rest of us were stopped.
Now, I haven’t been in an accident since I was 18 (when I was also rear-ended by a girl watching cute boys on the corner). That’s over 20 years of a virtually perfect driving record. This is something that simply doesn’t happen to me.
And here it was happening to me. Deep breath. New priorities. Everyone okay? Yeah. Two sheriffs and a tow truck driver saw it happen and were on the scene immediately. The woman who hit us was very nice. Luckily enough I didn’t hit the car in front of me, and no one hit her. Both cars were driveable (after cute tow truck guy pulled my bumper off the rear tire).
We took care of business and I headed home late for my next client session. Before my next one started, I had 15 minutes to reflect.
What had I been feeling that put me in alignment with a wreck? Albeit a very minor wreck that actually wasn’t that bad an experience, it still isn’t the sort of thing I thought I was lined up with.
I remember feeling tension on the drive and trying to release it several times. I realized the tension came from trying to do too much in too little time, and the thought came up that I “need more space in my life.”
More space, indeed. That’s exactly what the other driver got cited for not allowing between our cars. I need more space. More breathing room. I’m cramming too much in. I need to relax in lots of ways – errands, client work, in myself.
So that was my “thank you, Universe” moment where I could see the gift of my fender bender. A message that I couldn’t ignore to take this space thing seriously. I’ve been talking to my coach about it for a while now, and only made superficial improvements. Time to show I mean business.
You better believe next time I walk through the dog food store I’m going to hear all about the owner’s fun weekend, pet the store dog AND store cat before I go. I’m indulging my “feel good” at the office supply store next time, shopping for whatever I’m drawn to. I’ll remember there’s always plenty of time for everything important, and I’ll also appreciate all the drivers who keep their safe distance.
I’m also newly committed to keeping a smaller client roster and booking more “me” time in every day – not just every week.
I share that here because I know as I say so, I’m much more likely to live up to it. Thank you for hearing me.
If anyone has any messages from the Universe you care to share with the rest of us so we don’t have to get slammed in our own rear end, I welcome hearing them!