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This week we look at not making assumptions in any situation, particularly if it is out of our control.
A few weeks ago, our trip started out with unpredictable weather reports, including tornado threats earlier that afternoon in the San Antonio area. I was pinging my husband all morning about the weather and calling my cousins to get a read on what it was like in their area which was close to Georgetown. I was anxious to get on the road and waiting for my husband to get home so we could get on the road. So I packed up the car, readied my son, myself and double-checked the house so we could literally just get going as soon my husband got home. I even pulled the car out of the garage in anticipation. Of course, he ended up coming home an hour and half later than expected.
We did our final check of the house, locked up and got in the car. However, for whatever reason which is still a bit of a mystery to me, as soon as my husband started the car we started hearing a clicking sound and then slowly it began to sink in that the battery was dead. I was dumbfounded because I literally just pulled the car out and the car everything was working.
As my husband worked on jump starting the car, I let the anxiety and frustration about not leaving on time build and now started worrying about the car breaking down along our journey. It started to sprinkle a bit now and we didn’t have jumper cables so my frustration increased. In total it took about an hour and half to locate jumper cables from a neighbor and get the car started. We still had to stop to fuel up at the gas station. We were 3 hours later that I wanted and I was even more nervous as the dark clouds rolled in by this point.
As we started driving to the gas station my husband was optimistic that we would be fine, but my mood was off. Then as we turned into the gas station, we started to see the faint outline of a rainbow and pretty soon a beautiful bright full rainbow was visible in front of us. As quickly as the anxiety built up, it disappeared as we stared at the rainbow before us. I breathed and felt the tension slip away about the car and the weather, intuitively knowing that everything would be just fine. I relaxed and we made it to our first destination without experiencing any severe weather or any issues with the car.
This week, consider this beautiful quote from the Four Agreements Card Deck by Don Miguel Ruiz:
“When you stop making assumptions, your word becomes impeccable, and your life is completely transformed. Magic just happens in your life. What you need comes to you easily because spirit moves freely through you.”
For the course of our entire trip, the weather reports were ominous and everyone was anticipating the worst based on these reports. However, the reality of the situation was that every time we stepped out to go somewhere indoors our out, we experienced only fleeting light rain and sunny skies. The forecasts were never accurate from our point of view, the clouds cleared for us so we could enjoy every moment of our trip.
Writer, Technologist, and Meditation Coach