Let’s talk about Today’s Perfect Moment. Let me set the scene for you.
I was on my way somewhere. I was in my car, alone, and I couldn’t find anything on the radio that suited my mood. I was in a line of cars at an intersection, and couldn’t see what the holdup was. There were construction crews working and at least one lane of traffic was blocked off.
Earlier in the day I had been watching the GCN show (and internet based show about cycling) and they made a joke along the lines of, “You’re not stuck in traffic. You are traffic.” At that moment, I really felt it.
I thought about my destination and realized that I didn’t have to go the way I was going. I didn’t need to be in a long line of cars. I looked right and when it was safe to do so, I changed lanes and made a right hand turn where I had been planning on going straight. I saw that they were holding a car turning left and that had traffic backed up. I didn’t care. I was out of there.
You might be thinking I am going to find deep meaning in the metaphor–if obstacles are blocking your way, you need to find another way, or maybe something about many paths to the destination. Actually I was just so happy I made a decision and didn’t even think about regretting it for a minute. I was free. I was driving. Not one of the other cars followed my example.
I must point out that Newton was right about equal and opposite reactions. I hit what seemed like a billion red lights on the way home. I even came to a train crossing and watched while the arms came down, but waited in vain for a train to pass..