While driving to my yoga class today, I got behind a v-e-r-y s-l-o-w moving bright yellow tree chipper type truck.
Come on, I thought. I have a class to get to!
I considered going another route, but with the extra turns and curves, it would take longer than if I stayed on the main drag. I chose not to turn. When we reached the stop light the truck barreled on through a yellow light. As the light turned red, I was left behind waiting for the traffic light to change back to green.
Great! He forces me to slow way down and because of him, I miss the green light, I fumed.
Hands grasping tightly around the steering wheel, I made myself take a breath and exhale. I was going to a yoga class after all–silly to get all worked up. I released my grip on the wheel.
Yes, there is a reason for this, I thought. I’ll just wait and allow the reason to reveal itself. And at least I won’t be irritated by that slow moving vehicle anymore.
As soon as the light switched to green, I took off. I was able to drive a few blocks unfettered by any trucks or cars in front of me.
But when I reached the next light, there sat the yellow truck in the same turn lane that I needed to take.
Great! I fumed some more. Maybe I should have gone the other way.
As soon as we turned, I quickly got in the right lane so I could make a right turn in a couple of blocks. The truck stayed in the middle lane. It wasn’t long before my street came up and we were free of each other. Each of us went our separate ways.
I began to get a glimmer of what the process was I had just been through. Now I understand! I thought. I had been forced to take a break from what was irritating me; I had to let it go for a time. Even though it came back into my field and it seemed like I was going to get blocked by it again, I was able to pass it by. I had reached a point in my journey where I actually needed to take a different route!