Traffic, Slaw, and Finding Hope in All of It.
My beautiful friend Abby passed along a challenge to me to continue on a Blogger’s Relay about Hope. The point is to write about this little enigmatic word and pass it along. Now, I don’t typically do posts like this because well, I just don’t. But since this issue has been on my heart anyway, I thought why not let go…
Sometimes the synchronicities that present themselves in life are just so blatant that it’s impossible to ignore them. Have you ever had a reoccurring theme happen in your life that you cannot help but listen? For the past 2 weeks, everywhere I am going, I am finding that traffic has been following me. And I mean everywhere…in the most ridiculous way. It really started to bother me especially when I found myself continuously stuck on the road at times that I should have breezed right through. It hit me yesterday however, as I was sitting in my usual unexpected and horrendous traffic-ladden trip up to LA that maybe, just maybe, the Universe was trying to tell me something.
So I sat up and started to listen.
Letting go is the key theme of my life as of late. This is one of the hardest lessons for someone who likes to be in control at all times; someone who likes to know ahead of time in order to prepare. But I cannot escape this lesson–it’s in everything I am experiencing and it’s everywhere I go. Even on the freeway in a heaping pile of traffic.
The thing about traffic is that there is nothing you can do about it. No, scratch that. There are 2 choices you have in traffic: 1). You can get super angry about the situation and white knuckle it while secretly (or not so secretly) curse at everyone around you, all the while you are stressed, angry, upset and pissed; or 2). You can accept the situation and choose to relax and enjoy your trip–listen to music, sit in silence, make a phone call, whatever it is that will enable you to let go. This is a great parallel to life though, isn’t it? We always have the choice to find happiness, find hope, find the good if we so choose. It’s just up to us to make the conscious choice in doing so. It’s easy to let the things that bother us overshadow what is really going on in any given situation: an opportunity to make a different choice.
Hope is figuring this out. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you get good feelings from within, nor does hope mean that your problems will dissipate immediately following or perhaps ever. Hope is acknowledging that you have the power to choose to see things/people/situations/your past/life differently.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and musings on this topic.
Passing the relay onto these bloggers:
Shira at In Pursuit of More
Kristy at Keepin’ It Kind
Bill at Topicless Bar
Richa at Vegan Richa
Gabby at The Veggie Nook
Meg at Walking the Labyrinth
Asian Peanut Dressing Recipe
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 3-4 Tb chunky peanut butter
- 3 Tb soy sauce
- 2 Tb rice vinegar
- 2 Tb maple syrup or agave
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced (white parts only)
- 1″ cube of fresh ginger, thinly grated
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- Whisk all ingredients together.
- Serve over pre-packaged broccoli slaw. Top with crushed peanuts, scallions and lime wedges.