I rolled my windows down, put my hair up, blasted whatever nonesense pop songs happened to be on the radio, and tried to ignoring my unwavering desire to switch lanes incessently for the entire route home. Guess what? Even at 60 mph I got home at the same time I normally would. And I was stress-free of the worry of "rushing" or "hurrying" to beat traffic. And the best part - I enjoyed the ride, the music, the wind in my hair, and the sunshine surrounding me.
Here's a thought: Slow down! Take a ride in the middle lane for a while. Look around. Enjoy it. This isn't just about driving from point A to point B - this is a life lesson. We all tend to fly through each day, making it to this meeting or running errands or hurrying to catch up on emails. What's the point? After all, aren't we missing the entire world around us if we're so focused on getting ahead and doing it in "record time?" I learned something today - as much as I love to cram as much as I possibly can into one moment, one day, one week, etc., the hassle of rushing through everything leaves me feeling unsatisfied. So what if I got home in 35 minutes instead of 40 - did I even notice the nature around me or the song on the radio? Probably not. Or how about taking on six projects when I know I can really only handle five - again, there is no benefit to rushing through the limited moments that we do have, so we may as well enjoy them.
I challenge you to avoid the fast lane tomorrow. You may be surprised what you experience. As always, share your thoughts at TheDailyChallengeBlog@gmail.com.