We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree—deeply rooted to withstand all life’s upheavals. ~Dodinsky
Last night I lived through an hour and a half storm that uprooted me, confused me, frustrated the hell out of me and then, as if nothing happened, I felt love, compassion and an enormous amount of gratitude.
As I was driving between classes yesterday evening, my gas light came on in my car, which usually means that I can go for another 20-30 miles as most...even though I never have. Driving up towards Capitol Hill, my car started sputtering, the power steering quit working and I felt stranded in the middle of one of the busiest intersections in Seattle, Boren and Pike. Every time I tried to start my car, it would turn over and then start sputtering again and turn off. I managed to get it to the side of the intersection, turn on my flashers and call AAA (So grateful for their services). As I was still in the street, while on the phone with the AAA recording, I got a knock on my window from a police officer. He had this curious look on his face, thinking "what the hell was this girl doing on her phone, while her car is parked in the street, apparently not going anywhere?" After I told him what was going on, he was nice enough to stop traffic so I could turn around and head down hill to coast to a parking spot he pointed out. This is where I tried to call AAA back, but my phone died. I tried to pay for parking, but the machine that I wanted to pay at wasn't registering that I was trying to do anything at all. It was just standing there lazily while I attempted to swipe my cards back and forth for recognition. I ended up getting a parking ticket between trying to pay at the closest machine, walking to, paying at another machine, and then walking back to my car. I will be contesting this situation, of course.
All of this happened, while I was needing to drive out to Mercer Island to teach a class at Yogabliss. Thankfully another teacher stepped up and said she could cover for me. Thank you, Amy! AAA responded about 30 minutes later, bringing a red bucket full of gas, so that I could get up the hill and fill my tank at the nearest station.
Once I got home, parked in my parking spot and walked in my front door, I let out a big sigh of relief. Even though it was only an hour and a half of my entire day, it felt like it had lasted way more. Sean came home from being out with a friend to support me, and bring me Angry Orchard Cider (because of the "angry" situation) and dinner. We hung out, cuddled and the stress of last night's event started to melt away with the hot pho under our noses.
Since it's the month of Gratitude, I have a lot to be thankful for from yesterday circumstances:
What are you grateful for today?
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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