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An Early Morning Dose of Perspective

By Sara Zwicker @SaraZwicker

Happy Friday my friends–this week flew by for me, I don’t know about you.  Whenever we have a holiday on a Monday, it always seems to do that!  Anyways, let chat shall we?


So, this morning on my way to work, I was cruising on the Pike, listening to a Ted Talk just like any other day and I was about 20 miles away from work and all of a sudden out of nowhere there was grid lock traffic. We were stopped dead in our tracks.  I started looking at my Waze app which was now telling me that I was not going to get to work at my normal time due to this delay.  I started to get really annoyed, this was not how I wanted to start my Friday off.  After about 15 minutes of sitting on the highway, barely moving I started calculating at what point would I be so late to work that I wouldn’t be able to get a work out in before I had to be in the office.  This, more than anything, was my biggest motivator for wanting this traffic to move along.

Then, there were sirens everywhere, I lost count of the number of state troopers, ambulances and fire trucks that were flying by in the break down lane. My heart sank. Here I was pissed off that there was all this traffic because I was going to be late for my morning workout when clearly, something terrible had happened.  How selfish was that?  I mean, at least I was safe in the confines of my warm car.  Talk about an early morning dose of perspective!

About 20 minutes later I passed the wreck, it was awful.  There was a mangled tractor trailer, a small sedan car that was crushed and two other cars loaded on the flat bed of a tow truck.  I couldn’t see anything but swarms of first responders but clearly, it wasn’t a good situation.

I spent the rest of my drive into work beating myself up about being so selfish.  I mean, I know that a lot of us would have gotten annoyed that our plans were derailed since I know so many of us are very structured and have our routines everyday, but clearly, what I wanted did not matter this morning and once I saw those cars, all I wanted was for the people in the accident to be okay.

I think every once in a while, we need something to remind us that we are just tiny pieces of a much larger puzzle out there in the world.  This perspective is really helpful and helps us grow.  Needless to say, I was super late to the office this morning and I didn’t get to workout, but when I find myself throughout the day feeling off (which will no doubt happen,) I will remind myself that I made it to work safe which is clearly the most important thing!

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe!  We have a very special weekend planned, kicking off with Ashton’s birthday party tomorrow!  Stay tuned for lots of pics next week (or via Instagram if you follow me over there!)


Question of the day

What lately has given you perspective?

What are your plans for the weekend?

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