During the night, storm Desmond rained on us, a lot. This morning the route I planned to take was flooded. My path was blocked. I had a go at passing through. I opened the door of my car so I could see how far up the water was coming, and drove slowly. At a certain point it was definitely time to retreat. I knew I could get to where I wanted taking another road but it meant back tracking and adding an extra 10 minutes onto my journey. I might be a bit late for my course. I reversed out of the water, driving slowly so as not to splash water up underneath the car. Then, instead of rushing to make up for lost time, I stopped, and looked, and listened.
The sky was amazing, streaked with ripples of white cloud and ribbons of blue. The reflections in the water, where my road should have been, were breathtaking. The air was fresh and clean. Even the sound of birds calling were clearer.
So often in life, things take a different direction to the one we had planned or hoped for. Obstacles appear, circumstances change, priorities evolve and the route we thought we were travelling changes. The destination can change too.
Such simple daily events can offer insight to how we live and the habits we perpetuate. My initial instinct was to push on through, or rush along another route putting my foot to the floor to make up for the lost time. Remember meditation and how to take it out into daily life. Remember to stop, to breath, to be. Don’t miss the beauty in the moment, even the challenging ones, when life isn’t going according to your original plan.