This happened to me today. I was on my way to take our son to therapy. We’d been a bit rushed, but things were going okay. I was wishing that the weather wasn’t so gray and rainy, but I can’t change the weather, so I was choosing to just be happy that we’d gotten up and ready and out the door on time.
And then – BAM! – a traffic jam on the highway. I drove past the exit before ours, knowing our exit was 4 miles away and wondering if I should have exited sooner, but given the weather, I figured all the other possible routes were just as congested. And sometimes, there’s a lot of traffic, but it opens up a bit before our exit. Well that was not the case today. Not only did it NOT open it, it stopped. Several times. I knew we’d be late. I was frustrated that a 45-minute drive could take almost twice as long in bad weather. I was wondering what kind of traffic patterns there are that cause major back-ups on all the highways if there’s an accident on just one road? I was generally frustrated and not happy that we’d be late. My attitude took a major dive.
Just moments before, I was feeling okay about the day, but that ONE incident happened and I let that one thing take over and determine my attitude.