Did you ever find yourself driving the freeway or expressway behind a large vehicle? You can’t see much around the vehicle. I don’t know about you but I get antsy and want to find a way to get around the vehicle so I have an unobstructed view. Then it hit me. That’s just like us traveling on the roadways of life. We really can’t see the future, we can plan what we think it should be. We can guess what we think it will be. We can hope.
We can even convince ourselves that we can control it. But it is like we have that big vehicle in front of us all the time obstructing our view. Only in life, we can’t find a way around the view obstruction. We just keep on moving along our journey in life only aware or seeing the present moment, if we even do that. Yet we spend countless moments trying to figure out a way to control the outcome of our future.
So as I drove along the freeway behind the truck thinking these thoughts, I decided to stay behind the truck. I could see the road and his lights which would warn me of slowing traffic and the cars on my right who would also be slowing. I decided it might be good practice for staying in the moment and accepting what was currently going on in this very present moment.
I also decided to notice what I was seeing and enjoying the journey from this vantage point. What a novel idea!
What do you do when you find your obstructed by a large vehicle in front of you? Are you content to stay put? Have you ever seen it as a metaphor for your life?