Recently I took a day trip to see my son. He's in prison, three and half hours away from where I live. He was recently transferred and the other facility was much closer and I was familiar with the roads. It was an "easy" trip. To get to the new place, I had to travel on roads that I'm not all that familiar with. It had been almost 4 years since I had gone through that town. There are also weather conditions that need to be looked into. I love to spend time with my son but found myself dreading the visit. I started thinking about how long of a day it would be, what if there was low visibility on the road, should I go, what was I thinking planning to do this in one day, and on and on the negativity went. I found myself nervous and stressed-out.
One thing I've learned along the way, is that we have the ability to make something good and adventurous out of a less than desirable situation. I allowed the chatter to continue and build up, bringing in fear, for an hour or so. I'm sure you've had all the same thoughts. They are pretty standard and meant to make us miserable and lose faith. I turned onto the unfamiliar highway and looked over at the green hills. At that moment, I captured all those negative thoughts that were trying to steal my joy and adventure and told them to take a hike. Once I did that, I decided that day would be a great adventure.
The drive was beautiful. The mountains and hills were green, I saw some awesome rock formations, wild flowers starting to bloom and I was having fun. I could have stayed negative but I would have missed all of Gods beauty along the way.
Once I got there, I took me 2 more hours to actually get processed in to see him. Again, I could have gotten cranky and bitter but chose to keep my eyes focused on my adventure. It's a long story as to why it took me so long to finally get processed through. It involved having to drive back into the nearest town and buy clothes. I could have gotten mad but decided instead to laugh about it.
By the time I got into see him, it was 5 and half hours after I left my house. I could have let my situation get the best of me and been tense, angry, and bitter. Instead, when my son saw me come through the door, I looked at him and laughed. I said with a smile on my face, "I made it!" It ended up being a fantastic but short visit. I felt energized when I left and laughed my way home. I laugh and have had others laughing when I tell them all that happened that day.
I know some of you are going through a tough time. I encourage you to take a step back, capture your thoughts, tell all that is negative to take a hike and choose joy, peace and love. Make it an adventure like Indiana Jones. Learn, love and grow in your process. You can have peace in the midst of the storm.
You're Worth It!