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Catching life’s signals.

May 31, 2015

traffic light

Driving is such a great metaphor for our life’s journey. I was reminded of this several times during the last few days. The first time I was driving on the highway when suddenly a huge traffic jam appeared just down the road. Not completely shocked, as this has happened before in that location I quickly got off at the nearest exit, just avoiding the jam. But that exit led me onto another highway that was going in the opposite direction of my destination. For several minutes I tried figuring out the best way to reverse directions when it dawned on me that I was going in the right direction after all. I realized that things aren’t always what they seem.

The following day, while on the highway driving home I passed an electronic sign that read, “Delays Exit 42-44,” those exits being just a few miles away. I was annoyed, but knowing that that those signs are never wrong I told myself to get comfortable. Yet, low and behold the sign was wrong. There was no traffic. Again, I realized that things aren’t always what they seem.

Today, when driving home from a friend’s house I pulled up to a red light at a complicated intersection, and waited. And waited. The light wouldn’t turn green. While waiting, I watched the cars going in all of the other directions start and stop, as the traffic lights directing them went several rounds of turning red and green. After about ten minutes I thought to myself, “I can’t just run a red light.” I waited another few minutes then looked around to make sure that a cop wasn’t around. Then I drove through the red light and realized something: Things aren’t always what they seem. Tweet This

Perhaps, the Universe is trying to tell me something.


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