Day 3162 – I Really Am Thankful For Traffic Jams – repost

As I’m gearing up for my solo-cation (I leave TOMORROW!) I’m thinking about potential traffic I’ll run into (don’t worry, I’ll share all about where I’m going after the fact). I’m hoping to leave right after I drop off Bret at school, so I’ll be hitting traffic somewhere, I’m sure. I truly think about the following story most times I’m traffic (especially on I-95, which is the road Bret was on).

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Originally posted 10/2/2012
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Today, I had bible study in the morning in Joppa Maryland and then had to drive all the way over to Hunt Valley to grab lunch. It was raining a little, so I wasn’t sure how timely I’d be….and I actually got stuck in a traffic jam about half way.

A little back story….you may or may not know the full story of how Bret and I met….well, I won’t share that now (you can ask me later)….but a BIG part of the story is that on his drive from Quantico, VA (where he was for training) to Bel Air, MD (where I was), he wanted to turn around. It is a long drive. But then he looks over to the other side of 95 and there was a parking lot of traffic for about 10 minutes….and he said, ah, guess I’ll still go.

I try to remember this whenever I’m in traffic….and think….someone’s life may be changed forever because of this traffic jam….this is where I am now and I have to just deal with it.

While I was sitting there, in the traffic, I thought about it again….and I said, you know, I am content to sit in this traffic….and I realized that I truly meant it. It was so moving, it made me cry.

So, I challenge you to think about situations in your life that are like a traffic jam….they may be happening for a bigger purpose. But if not, you can grumble about me and traffic next time you hit a jam.

The following picture is about 4 months after I met Bret…who I met because of a traffic jam….and a friend who knew us both better than we knew ourselves.

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Day 2825 – How Traffic Jams And Other Challenges Change Our Lives

Late last night, I finished reading A Fall of Marigolds* by Susan Meissner. It was a moving story, and I shed my share of tears. It was partly about 9/11, and partly about another tragedy. It made me think back to that day, and it made me think about how events in our lives impact things down the line. I found my journal entry about that day this morning. I was dating another guy at the time but, looking back, I don’t think, man, here’s someone I didn’t end up with, I see a step in my journey to Bret. This ex lived out of state, and we had a long distance relationship for a few years. Little did I know that relationship would help prepare me for the long distance relationship with Bret. The deaths of young friends I had to walk through, prepared me to truly say and believe “Bret will come back to me, or he will not.” I look back on the day we met, and remember the traffic jam that forced Bret to go through with meet me.

There are so many things that come across our path that are hard, that are wonderful, that will have an impact down the line. A traffic jam today, could lead you to the love of your life. A failed relationship could be the trial you need to walk through to give you strength for the better relationship later.

I’m reminded how important it is to keep a record of these things. I’m so thankful that 2001 Jennilyn wrote her thoughts and fears down. I had forgotten that I was fearful in the days and months after 9/11. How I was fearful of thunder. How a stalling plane frightened me. I tend to block a lot out of my brain. I just don’t keep a lot up there. Ha ha, there is so much going on up there already!

So I challenge you today to start/continue journaling. Give your future self a record of the path you’ve taken, so you can look back and connect the dots, and see how you were changed.

When was the last time you journaled?

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