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Thought Soup

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It’s been a whirlwind week!  Since Sunday I have flown to Washington D.C. on business, landed back in Omaha and within 30 minutes received a warning citation from the police for failure to signal and a malfunctioning tail light; purchased and installed a new built-in dishwasher; worked late (past supper time) two nights; and just this evening started to drive away from the gas pump to hear a noise and realize I hadn’t replaced the nozzle!  When you meet yourself coming and going you know its time to take a break!!  Slow down a little and breathe–smell the coffee and count your blessings!

The week hasn’t been all bad though.  I enjoyed the company of a traveling mate on the Washington D.C. to Atlanta leg of my trip who recommended the book “Shadows and Streetlights” and “Warriors Rage”  I’m greatly impressed at times by some traveling companions.  You never know what you’re going to learn if you take a chance and share yourself with others.  Many times you’ll find that people just want to be left alone.  But if you stop and think about it, most flights are three hours or less (especially if you have connecting flights)…what is it going to hurt you to reach out and shake a hand and introduce yourself?  After 9/11, I became aware that I was mentally on auto-pilot regarding my commuting behaviors.  Now, if alone, I listen to news, or books on CD…if surrounded by others, I at least try to get to know a person’s name and where they’re from.

On the Atlanta to Omaha leg of my journey, I met a wonderful Radiologist named Rick with a local practice in Omaha.  A great family man with three teenage children.  We talked about every topic possible in our two hour journey.  By opening up to others, you find out you are not alone…that like others, the parenting years are a flourish of activity and logistics.

I am three fourths of the way through Stephen King‘s “Dreamcatcher” and am just enthralled by how creatively vivid his mind is.  Each time I finish a reading session, it takes a while for me to accept reality.  His writing talent pulls you in, challenges you to figure out, question, and begin making assessments about where the story is taking you.  His character development acquaints you in such a tangible way that you feel you know these people.  Why is it that we don’t live life with the same anxious intrigue and anticipation the way we “exist” when reading a good book or watching a long-awaited movie?  Is it possible we allow ourselves too much “auto-pilot” mental time?  I think that as adults we lose our wonder and excitement about living because of what value we assign to the “stuff and work of life.”

When I stopped my vehicle this evening after hearing the nozzle yank out of my fuel tank and land on the ground, I put the car in park.  I was anxious that my carelessness wasn’t going to create a fire/explosion.  I picked up the nozzle, placed it back in the pump, screwed my gas cap back on and made a “phew” gesture with my hand at my forehead just in case I was being observed, and then got back in my car.  Thinking aloud I said, “Ed, it surely is time for a vacation!”  I need to refuel my emotional/mental stores and spend some much needed time with my family–turn off “auto-pilot” and be present in the now….appreciating and soaking up the living life has to offer.

If you are reading this post, I hope all is well in your world!  I am grateful for time…without it, we would never have the chance to recover from mistakes, heal our wounds, or achieve our dreams.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Eternal Optimist, Writer, Music Lover, Avid Gardener, Science & Tech Admirer, Cook, Baker and Social Networking Encourager

2 thoughts on “Thought Soup

  1. I once sat next to a gentleman and had a lovely flight. We were going the same way, connected on the same flight out of Atlanta, and were both going to Boston. He to go home to NH, where he was a man of the cloth, but Teacher at St. Anselms college. All of which I wouldn’t have learned had we both not been in a conversational tone. What inspiration did I leave with him? Probably none. But his kindness, and wit, and his attention was remarkable. His ability to respond to phrases or comments showed that he listened well, and had good insight.

    Instead of my journey being just me and my thick tome, or isolating and closing myself off, the trip turned into a pleasant, and memorable event, and although I cannot remember his name, and have long ago lost his phone or address, I will carry the experience.

    As to your driving off from the gas pump, yes, that could be weariness, it could be too many things on your mind, or stress. What is it they say? Diet, Sleep, Exercise? Or Was it Cicero who said, “A well tended body leads to a well tended mind?” Or maybe that was Capt. Kirk? No.. Bob Hope…? Well someone said it.

    Nice to meet ya on Twitter, next time you fly to DC, well have a coffee!!

    I Tweet at @ProNetworkBuild

  2. Thanks for commenting Lonny and for sharing your story. I’m always inspired to learn about the stories and histories of other people. Life’s journey is unique and solo in perspective, but sharing them with others can forever change/impact those we bump into along the way!

    I’ll make it a point to look you up when I’m in D.C. … I appreciate a good cup of coffee! Until this, prosperity and success to you! I must say for others reading this, I’ve met more interesting people as a result of Twitter and blogging.

    Cheers

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