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A Collision Course With Life
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A Collision Course With Life

There’s a truck barreling toward your little vehicle on that dark and rainy road. Its headlights are dazzling and the reflection of them bounces back the fear of being on a collision course and somewhat out of control.

“Watch out!” your well meaning friends may shout. “Look! It’s a truck. You are surely going to hit it!!”

The natural response is to brake, veer to the shoulder, grip the wheel of your car so tight as the fear sends your heart racing and stress levels rocketing.

How long can this road go on? Endless in it’s length as the truck continues to bear down and you continue to struggle to maintain some semblance of control.

What’s on the number plate of that truck?

Perhaps if it could be seen then the circumstances would be more manageable. In the situation it’s unlikely to be known until the crisis is right upon us…. Or past us.

Why do we need to face these deadly situations? Is this what the journey of life is all about for some who seek their enlightenment and peace?

Is facing down the demons that aren’t even consciously understood necessary to growing and learning what we need to in this tiny lifespan of ours?

While it is a daunting task to be on that lonely road there are a few things that can assist us in making a safe passage.

Firstly, we are not the truck! It doesn’t matter how big circumstances are or what the experiences we must face may be. They don’t define our spirit or our humanity. We may not be able to stop the truck. We can’t drive it, slow it down or move it out of the way for a more convenient stretch of the road.

What we do have power over is our own vehicle. We can service it, drive it with care and make choices based on the conditions of the road.

Secondly, we can remember that where our attention goes our energy flows. There is no wisdom in pretending the truck doesn’t exist. There is even less wisdom in staring into it’s headlights.

Thirdly, beyond the truck there is no truck. Where the road is taking you is more important than where the truck is heading. Once you’ve passed the truck it’s in your past. You’re still heading forward and you have the opportunity to complete your journey to the safety of your destination. That opportunity starts before you’ve passed the truck.

A safe drive watches the road ahead, not the rear view mirror.

Fourth, find passengers who trust your driving and read road signs for you. If they’re telling you to look into the glare of the trucks headlights they are well meaning but dazzled by the problem rather than helping you find a positive solution.

Fifth, have faith that all will be well. It may even be better then ever before. As you pass that truck you may finally glimpse the number plate that explains its purpose. Life is about learning, growing and hope.

Travel safely, my friend.


Street Talk

great article...I love the phrase you used and it bears remembering..."where our attention goes, our energy flows" I would love to keep that in mind most all day everyday...I think it would be helpful...I studied neurolinguistics in my physiology stint at the university...loved it myself..I also studied the brain...are you into tapping at all...I have recently been into tapping myself...it seems to be the only cure for PTSD...thanks for the article

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  about 7 years ago

great article ! Heather.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you Sharon. Sorry for my delay in responding... I collided with life! lol

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  about 6 years ago

Wow. Great article! We are indeed on a collision course with life and your article that helps you find a positive solution and that explains its purpose... all in a few hundred words ... is a hard act to follow. Look forward to reading what follows!

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  about 7 years ago

Oh Cynthia... haven't I been a quiet one! Lovely to see you. Thanks for your kind words!

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  about 7 years ago

". . .we can remember that where our attention goes our energy flows." Absolutely a true statement, Heather! Good article.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Patty. Glad to see you!

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  about 7 years ago

What a great enalogy. it is real when you write it down. Great Heather

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you Sharon.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you for this article Heather. Although a bit late, it was just what I needed to read today!

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  about 7 years ago

It's never too late Maria. Sometimes we hear things better in retrospect and the learning can be more profound.

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  about 7 years ago

The timing of this article is incredible, thanks Heather!

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  about 7 years ago

Funny how that can be... did I write it or did you read it? lol

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  about 7 years ago

Good article I love your third point Heather, very well expressed.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you Penny.

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  about 7 years ago

Bouncebackability a word coined a few seasons ago when a soccer team came back from the brink of disaster. A term I feel can be used by us all. Its the degree of it that defines us. Nice article.

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  about 7 years ago

Love it Mark!

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

I needed to read that today Heather. Thank you for the reminder. We all have a purpose, and that should be our focus, not the obstacles that fall in our path. Those obstacles are ephemeral. We're bigger than the trucks. Don't allow anyone to guide your eye to the truck when it should be on your path. l I like "if it doesn't kill you, it'll make you stronger."

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  about 7 years ago

That is the nicest comment Joan. We all need these reminders. Especially when thing seem overwhelming or out of our control. Last year I felt like I was on a roller coaster where some were saying "Look at the truck! Look at the truck!" and then I'd visit my reiki master who would calmly say "Watch the road...." I know which was the better space to be in and this is the memory that remains when the situation has passed. It's a worthy quote and good to remember that the things that seek to 'kill us' can also strengthen our spirit. In this sense we're on a win win win path....

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  about 7 years ago

So greatful that you folks are still here with these words of wisdom, Heather and Company... I have been locked up in the "Watch the Truck!!! "Watch the Truck!!! "Watch the Truck!!!. Thanks for the breath of Fresh Air... Love You All !

  
  about 7 years ago

Dearest Sherry, So nice to see you here. I've been away a lot myself. Our move to happen the middle of August so you can imagine how busy life is. Hope you're able to remember the road ahead will have calm places too and I'm glad that being here can be a rest stop of sorts for you sometimes.

  
  about 7 years ago
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