Nate (my husband) and I spent yesterday evening at my in-laws. My sister-in-law and oldest nephew arrived yesterday to spend a few days with them AND Friday was my mother-in-law’s birthday.
But the trip home is what I want to share with you.
We left about 9 pm and expected to be home about 10:30. We actually got home about midnight.
Here’s what happened.
The interstate that we normally take is under major construction (2-3 lanes of traffic on a 4-5 lane highway are unavailable). So, they’ve moved one lane of traffic onto the other side of the median, making a kind of “express” lane. It’s completely blocked off and safe.
Nate decided to take that lane and then we slowed to a stop.
NO one is moving, but all the other lanes of traffic are fine, we just can’t get there.
I jokingly say to Nate “You chose badly” (referring to choosing the “express” lane).
I had brought my planning notebook that normally stays at home because I hadn’t planned my week yet. I jokingly say to Nate, I’m going to get this out now and do it because as soon as I do, traffic will move.
I plan my week (in record time with no distractions!) and we didn’t move.
Maybe an hour into our wait, Nate (who had to get up early for a work appointment this morning) apologizes for choosing badly. I’m not upset about it, he had NO way of knowing this would happen.
Over the course of 90 minutes, we moved maybe half a mile.
Then, traffic cleared up and we zipped right along.
I realized later that a few years ago this experience would have gone very differently for me. I would have been upset at the delay, upset with Nate, and annoyed that my Monday morning wasn’t going to go as planned (either sleeping a bit more or tired).
However, yesterday, my biggest concern happened once we got moving and it was: how far are we from the oasis so we can stop and use the bathroom?
It made me think of how sometimes we focus on what’s going wrong instead of focusing on what’s going right or even what’s not working.
Let’s talk about that in this week’s Wednesday LIVE with Evie. Check out the Facebook event here.
Update: You can watch this Wednesday LIVE with Evie here.