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My Beloved Morning Commute

Beloved morning commute – for most people this headline would be a contradiction. Not so for me. You know that every situation in life, every challenge, is subject to your mind’s interpretation of the event.

'We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learned to bear its ills without being overcome by them' - JuvenalClick To Tweet

When it comes to commuting by car, I may have a little advantage, though, seeing that driving is my number 2 passion in life.

Two days ago I found myself sitting in heavy traffic driving into San Francisco with a big smile on my face. What made this terrible situation so enjoyable? Well, actually it was an entire series of things that put me in a great mood that morning.

First, the day had started with nice crisp air, a clear view, and sunshine. Perfect! Not to mention that your car is about the only place you have absolute control over the perfect climate for you. Unlike an office environment, or all too often even your own home, which you are sharing with other family members, where you have no control or limited voting power.

Second, I was enjoying a fresh, hot cup of coffee accompanied by one of my “little addictions”, a gluten-free toasted coconut brownie flax mini muffin (by Flax4Life, aff link).

I was listening to one of my favorite podcastsCourage & Clarity – where life-loving, inspiring women share about their entrepreneurial journey and give actionable advice (Thank you, Steph Crowder!). What better way is there to raise optimism, get inspired, and grow, all while commuting to work in the morning?

And then it got even better! To my right, I spotted a classic Ford pickup truck, that simply took my breath away.

Classic Ford F100 Pickup

It was in perfect condition, sporting a powder-green coat and shiny hubcaps. To understand why something that simple can put a huge smile on my face you have to know a few things about me. Above you learned that I love to drive, so hand-in-hand with that passion goes a general love for cars. I have visited quite a few auto-shows in my life, including classic car shows. I used to be able to name most of the makes and models around me (no longer, today’s automobile offerings are just too boring). I owned a Ford F150 pickup truck for nearly a decade, the only car I owned that I never got tired off. It literally had to blow up (radiator blew, damaging the engine in the process) for me to give up on this car. This was now 12 years ago, and I still miss it dearly every day. Crazy, huh?

Notice, that I noticed! I think this is the most important part of this story. Most of you will be surrounded by beautiful things while you are commuting to work – a beautiful skyline, a tiny child with a huge backpack headed to Kindergarten, someone walking a happy little dog, a barista smiling and calling you out by name, a hard-working grocer setting up produce in front of the store, a rising sun, etc. – and also most of you will never notice. The difference is that I was present in that moment, not just seeing it as a means to an end to get where I needed to go, but simply enjoying the present moment, no matter what it brings. That is the choice I am making.

'Within you is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.' - Hermann HesseClick To Tweet

These days, most of us cannot avoid commuting to and from work, but we can avoid making it a dreadful experience. Think about what could make your commute more pleasant (safely, of course), and start making it a part of your day and your life that you might actually look forward to.

What ways have you found to make your ride more enjoyable? Please share in the comments below!

 

The First Post is the Scariest

Today is the day I am making a long-time dream a reality. I am beginning my journey as a writer.

And, as any beginning, it starts as far away from perfect as is possible. To admit and share this publicly is a very scary thing to do as a practitioner of excellence.

I finally began feeling silly just dreaming of being a writer.  What kind of dream is this? If I had nothing else to do, all I wanted to do was write. How is that ever supposed to happen? The only things that happen, are the ones we make happen by making them a priority.

'There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed' - Ernest HemingwayClick To Tweet

While my mom had set a great example of journaling for many years, I just have a couple of paper journals from my youth and young adulthood lying around, each with only a few entries, before dropping the journaling habit again.

Computers and journaling software made the habit a bit easier, though, and I am happy to report that I have now been journaling weekly for years. It provides me with great joy and a better sense of what’s happening in my life as it lets me reflect on the events of the past week.

I have also written the occasional blog post and newsletter article for my health and fitness readers in the past, but again, never made a regular habit of it.

Making writing a regular habit, I believe, must be the most important first step. Just the thought of it gets me really excited. To me, it will be like “entering the Zen of writing.” I will set up a ritual, creating just the right space and atmosphere for the writing process.

Typewriter

While the regular practice of writing will help me improve over time, I have always believed that theory and practice go hand-in-hand. I’ve been keeping several writing courses on the back-burner, but am now excited to work through them.

I am always patient when it comes to improvement. I am expecting to see some improvement in my writing over the next year, a significant improvement over the next three years, and hopefully some excellent writing during years 5 – 10.

So, let’s say overall, this is a 10-year goal. 10 years is not that long, and most of you reading this will have at least another 10 years left in your life, meaning, if you make it a priority, you too can become an excellent writer.

There are so many skills that we are never too old to acquire. Don’t ever give up on yourself or your dreams, because you are never too old to become a master at anything you choose!

Are you thinking of picking up a new hobby? Please, tell me about it in the comments below!
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