is it for the music, the art, or the shine?
“whither goest thou, america, in thy shiny car at night?
– jack kerouac
along the way on my weekday drive
there is often a traffic mishap or accident
and if I begin to worry about being late
or get annoyed by the hold up
i think about how the person/people involved must feel
how their life instantly changed in that moment
they were just having an ordinary day
maybe they were
headed to work
to visit someone
leaving for a vacation
going to a celebration
so many possibilities
i’ve got no room to complain
nothing to worry about
puts it all right back into perspective
so i listen to my music and sit with my gratitude.
“since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents,
it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well. “
-john paul jones
image credit: wellandgood.com
after pulling into the lot
i made a quick decision to park a little bit away from this one.
not real sure that marketing is one of their strengths either.
“the one thing that unites all human beings,
regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background,
is that, deep down inside,
we all believe that we are above-average drivers”
to and from school each day
is always a bit of an adventure/misadventure
depending upon one’s perspective.
it’s not unusual for me
to get a hands-free text or call
from one of my teaching partners
in response to something going on in the road ahead:
an animal crossing, tire blowout, accident, truck spill, something on fire,
weather delays, political motorcade, funeral procession,
waving mascots, emergency vehicles, pop-up detours, construction,
or that old standby:
unusually heavy traffic due to the no-reason reason.
at this point
i turn up my music or book.
whoever happens to arrive first
will let our office know that the other
may be on time,
10 minutes late,
will arrive at a yet to be determined time before school lets out for the day.
fortunately we work with a very understanding administration.
the only thing i’ve learned to expect
with each curve of the road
there is the very real possibility of a new surprise.
“all you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”
– earl nightingale
image credit: tokyoweekender
my car and i
have happily traveled
100,000 miles together as of today.
who knows how far we’ll go from here?
‘there is but one earth, tiny and fragile,
and one must get 100,000 miles away
to appreciate one’s good fortune in living on it.’
(Major General, USAF, Ret.) is an american former astronaut and test pilot. selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew into space twice.