Friday, January 22

Lesson #53 - I Am Thankful For Little Delays...Even If Traffic Is Involved

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On Tuesday, one of my bloggy-friends, Coffee With The Mrs., posted a story - here - about how she didn't have to learn the hard way to be thankful for the little delays in life...because it may very well spare you major bodily injuries, or at the very least some damage to your car. Not more than 24 hours later, I was caught in a similar situation where I found myself stopping to breathe and thanking work, for once, for taking longer than usual.

I was sitting at my desk and the clock hit quitting time...my FAVORITE time of day!! Then I suddenly remembered an email I had to send out...ugh! I hate it when I forget to add things to my to-do list during the day. Well, I could very well leave without sending out the information filled piece of electronic communication...so back down in my chair I sat and began pecking away at my keyboard. As I typed furiously - I get a call from a VIP. Of course, as much as I wanted to, I could just get off the phone. Damn...should have just let it ring! Before I knew it, I was leaving almost an hour late!! I can usually make up a little bit of time by racing through traffic, but an hour?!?!

Finally my car was calling my name...thank GOODNESS!!! I got behind the wheel and started the engine. As I pulled out of the parking lot, I realized that traffic had backed up from the highway to where my exit was - which is only a few feet from the parking lot of my building. Boooo...I hate traffic!! A nice soul let me into his lane (thank you, sir, license plate 5TH20W). It took me a while until I was able to merge onto the highway. Once I did, though, things moved much faster than expected.

I was zooming down the road until I got close to the exit for my casa. It was then that I turned up the radio to hear a guy talking about an accident that had just taken place. Apparently a truck driver thought he was in the Daytona 500 and got a little carried away with his speed. His truck flipped and the clean-up had closed down 3 of the 4 lanes of traffic. I really couldn't believe that had happened and it made me think back to that last-minute call I got at the office. Had I not taken that call, and let it go to voicemail, I would have zoomed right by my usual exit to the next one over - which is actually closer to my house. Had I done that, I would have been closer to the truck accident that took place only 15 or 20 minutes before I got there.

Someone was definitely looking out for me that afternoon!! What about you?? Have you had any close-calls that have made you think about what could have happened if your schedule was just a little altered??

21 comments:

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

I am flexible as long as I don't have to pick up my kids. Then everyone needs to get outta my way.

BigSis said...

I get easily irritated by traffic, but every now and then I remember to be thankful that I am just a bit delayed and not the one in whatever accident is causing the backup.

Annie said...

too close for comfort!! thank goodness for that last minute call...it could have been terrible. i guess that everything happens for a reason :)

blueviolet said...

It's so true that sometimes things do line up so that we avoid horrible circumstances! Thank goodness!

Divine Mrs D said...

I'm so glad that you didn't hit that accident! That would be horrible.

My husband was in a 4 car accident. He was hit from behind and should have hit the car in front of him, but somehow didn't. In the car in front of him, in the back seat, were a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. My husband should have plowed into them (it was on the highway), but he didn't. I've always felt that was the hand of God.

Stopping by from SITS!

Lisa Curcio said...

I love moments like that, when you realize everything happens for a reason.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Thank goodness!. I do believe that everything happens for a reason,
Thanks so much for your comments
hugs

Samantha said...

I've been delayed and it actually got me in a wreck :( My Dad asked me to take my little brother to school one more. When I informed him that if I did, I'd be late for work, he said it was fine that he needed me to do that. My Dad was my boss :) Anyway, so I took him to school, and as I began to head toward work, I had this random though that maybe I should take a different route to work. That way I wouldn't have to deal with traffic, but for some reason, at the last minute...I decided to take the usual route. At 8:10 a.m, 10 minutes late for work, I was sitting at a traffic light when a Ford F150 hit me in the rear going 55 mph. I'm still not even sure how I made it out of that accident alive, but I did.

Had I not taken my brother to school that morning, I would have been already at work, and I wouldn't be suffering from severe back pain to this day.

I'm glad you didn't have a wreck though. That would have made me sad :(

Amy said...

Yes, someone was looking out for you. I am thankful for that and for you..

Chief said...

I think about it alllll the time!

Allison aka Scooty's Mom said...

It's amazing how those things happen at just the right time. It always makes me wonder every time I go by an accident.

Life Is A SandCastle said...

The heavy traffic is at least 1 1/2hrs from where I live, I can't stand heavy traffic.

I do believe in those moments when faith steps in, rolling the car window up saved my life when in auto accident, when car stopped, I was sitting on the window, vehicle sideways, 1 min eailer who knows...

Did I mention it was hot summer and no air conditioning why did I let the window up?

Enjoying your blog,

Jennifer McCullar

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Wow-that was a blessing for you-I have had those moments-and wind up feeling thankful I was spared...
Have a great weekend!

freckletree. said...

if only we could think like this all of the time.

like right now:

"i'm so happy that my child is waking up from her nap an hour and half before she is supposed to!"

happy sits.

The (Un)Experienced Mom said...

Wow...things really do happen for a reason! I haven't had those close calls, but I know others who have.

Tamara
www.theunexperiencedmom.com

Tiffany said...

i can't think of a time off the top of my head, but there are times where we're about to leave the house and i smell a poopy diaper. i'm always so pissed that i have to undress and change a baby then think, 'maybe this is keeping me out of harm's way'. then i slow down, thank God, and keep on moving.

MODG said...

i'm a believer. happens for a reason!

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Chelle said...

I totally believe in fate and things happening for a reason.

This my friend? Happened for a very good reason. Thank goodness you got held at work a little longer!

xoxo

Anonymous said...

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