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Driving with Happiness

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As I was driving today on my way to Eastern Oregon to celebrate Thanksgiving with my in-laws, I realized a couple of things.

First, the phone was vibrating off the hook.  I was trying very hard to not check so I put the phone on silent knowing that I can always check it later.  And besides, I truly wanted to live in the moment with my family in the car.

When we got to our first rest stop, I checked the phone and soon realized how many comments were posted on my last blog.  That feeling, you know the one, where it feels your chest, not with anxiety or pain, but swelling of warmth.  It was from the out pouring of support for something I simply wrote mainly for self therapy.  I want from the bottom of my heart say, Thank YOU to everyone on the ActiveRain community.  I want to say thank you for making decisions come easier now.  They come clearer.

As we got into the car again, I started to see my career with this in mind.  I saw the vehicle as my own vehicle on the road to success.  I saw the side mirrors as my way of helping me see blind spots, see obstacles that may be hazards to me.  I saw the rearview mirror as my past.  I can't change it, I can only see it and learn from it until it gets further and further until it vanishes into the horizon.  You see it and can only learn from it.  I perceived the road ahead of me, my future.  I was in the drivers seat.  I make the decisions.  I control my path.  I can take my vehicle any direction.  There may be obstacles ahead but I know with good tires and a well maintained engine (my mind and body) I can go anywhere.  Sometimes I may have to detour a bit, but I still have my eyes on the road. 

I also realized that that the vehicle I choose will only have a limited amount of seats.  These seats are only for the people in my life that matter the most.  The rest of the crowd are either friends or acquaintances.  Not that I don't like them or don't care about them, just that there's a limited amount of seats.  And as I looked around, I saw my wife, the most supportive, most beautiful person in my life.  Next were my wonderful two boys.  The next most beautiful people in life.  My wife's younger brother whom we took in as a teenager, a wonderful person, very smart and talented.  And then there was that individual in the mirror, staring back at me. 

That was when the emails from ActiveRain and the love from my family made me tell myself that this holiday season, I have much to be thankful for. 

Happy Holidays to everyone on ActiveRain.  Happy Holidays to everyone not on ActiveRain.


Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I have 2 cars - one for ME and one for ME and the DOGS!!!  My car is my OFFICE and while I like the metaphor of your car being your life/family, I like to LEAVE my cars in the driveway * where I can see them * and come into my HOME with my husband and dogs......they are WITH ME, where I CAN SEE THEM * I'm just elsewhere with my family...

Dec 01, 2009 10:31 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I wonder, Phuang what you are doing these days. You have a very thoughtful soul. I hope, you found the job you really enjoy.

Mar 15, 2015 07:34 PM
Phuong Ha
Directors Mortgage - Oregon City, OR
Helping Clients Realize Their Dreams

Coming back and coming back stronger than ever.


Mar 16, 2015 05:03 AM