Minutes and even mere seconds can make the difference in BIG ways. On the way home from a very short trip to the store last Sunday afternoon we decided to stop- no wait! - we even turned around, to go to a small produce stand and pick up 2 tomatoes for dinner later. Moments later, and only a few hundred yards away, I was rear ended by a truck traveling at least 55 mph who neglected to see that I was stopped to make that left turn into my subdivision. His awareness came too late, 30 feet of skid marks and he ran out of time and so did I. The worst thing is that I seen it coming in my rear view mirror, and there was nothing that I could do to stop it.
All week I have been in constant pain, and thinking back to wondering if the 2 tomatoes were really worth it all. Which got me to thinking about the next lesson.
We don't NEED even half as much as we think we do. We are a very spoiled society. The day before my accident, the gas pumps dried up here in Dawsonville, and much of the metro Atlanta area as well. It's all anyone is talking about. It's constantly on the news. There is no gas, gas stations are empty, or lines are 1-3 hours wait time and they run out for the unfortunate ones who waited the longest. People are camping out at stations hoping a delivery will come soon. And not that I really felt like cruising around anyway, this has really taught me that we can really make it without! All of a sudden, people are flooding the rideshare lines in search of people to ride to work with. People are arriving at public transit stations at 3 and 4am to get a parking spot and a seat on the bus or metro rail. All of a sudden, we can make dinner at home with what we have, and it's ok that we don't have garlic bread with dinner. We don't really need to make that trip to the store to pick up small things that we thought we couldn't do without.
I think I'll be working at home alot more until this crises has past us. But everyday I am thankful that I am learning that things that we think are so important really are not sometimes. I'm learning to appreciate what I have, right here at home. I'm learning to improvise, and be creative. And you know what? It's kinda fun!