Yes, I recall the days driving my “beater car” down life's highway in San Angelo, Tx.
The fenders were bent and dinged, the paint was rusted, and a couple of windows were cracked.
It was a sight to behold.
My “beater” bounced off guardrails, occasionally hitting the gravel just off the edge of the pavement, and I would hear it bang on the inside of the fenders.
Now and again, my “beater” would skid into a ditch, and once or twice it had me headed in the opposite direction.
In my “old beater,” this was normal travel.
I blamed the guardrails for being too close to the fenders.
I blamed the ditches and the potholes and even other drivers.
And my "beater;" well, it only got worse for the wear.
People didn't want to ride with me and when they did, they looked at me as if I were the problem. Really?!
It made me take a closer look at my "beater," with its dings, scratches, dents, and cracks, and it hit me; the steering, braking, and gas pedal all shared one thing: ME.
The car I drove down life’s highway was a “beater” because I failed to recognize "blind spots" that were negatively impacting me.
My lack of self-control, faulting others, and ignoring road signs and speed limits all created obstacles along life's highway that were meant to keep me safe.
I am personally responsible for the losses, tears, and inconveniences because of my recklessness in relationships, and I had to change.
Now my contributions to the chaos are much clearer and I can see further ahead since these blind spots have been revealed.
You see, blind spots are the things I don’t know I don’t know about myself and how I show up to others.
By educating myself on how to navigate life's highway, listening to others, and making life course adjustments along the way, I have traded in my “beater” for a full-size comfortable SUV.
It is a sight to behold, it shines and glistens.
People smile and even wave at me now or take a lonnnnng look at my new ride.
They don’t pass me real fast or look at me scared anymore. LOL
Life's highway is now a multi-lane expressway with excellent signage and lighting for night driving.
I traded my pride for a splash of humility, and it has been a profitable investment.
I have declared that I am "not all that important," and it's nice to be welcomed and appreciated.
I yield to others so that we can all get to our destinations safely and enjoy the ride.
Yes, I am now “rich” in terms of relationships.
What a gift it is to me and others to recognize my blind spots, and yield to them so that life’s highway is a smooth and enjoyable ride.
Keep looking for the blind spots and building a better you.
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