Inner Guidence When Driving
Last week I was headed out of town to visit my grand-kids, a 2 hour round trip. The roads were dry, and though it was bitterly cold the weather was drivable, so I set forth.
For some reason (which was to be revealed soon) about 20 minutes into the drive, I had some feelings of concern. My car didn’t feel right, some lights were flashing amber, but I was confident it was safe to drive as my mechanic hubby had given it a once over.
So began my inner dialogue. Should I text him? Should I turn around and head for home, as my guidance was saying? My ego had a lot to say about that. I’d cancelled my last visit due to illness I didn’t want to spread, and I didn’t want to upset my little grand-kids or inconvenience their Mamas. Besides, I’d arranged to have a new head-shot taken for a magazine I write for, which couldn’t be put off. So I talked myself out of my feelings of concern and drove past the point where I could turn around. Decision made.
Shortly thereafter I heard a noise and saw a chunk of what I thought was ice fly out from my wheel well. I kept going. Then heard loud noises, like a huge truck was beside me, and the car shook. Did I lose my muffler? It sounded that way. I drove a little further, until it became clear something was very wrong, then pulled over.
Luckily I was in the right hand side and not cruising in the left. I let the car cool a bit, then drove it a bit further (not the best idea!) until car confirmed driving was not an option. So I pulled over a 2nd time, got out of the car on the passenger side, and discovered the chunk of ice was actually a chunk of tire. I’d experienced my 1st blow out.
Luckily (again) I stopped when I did – the tow truck driver shared with me that I was almost in the cell phone ‘dead zone’. As it was I was able to call CAA (who were backed up 4 hours) then my husband, then my son who lives outside Kingston. He was working out of town but contacted his next-door neighbor who came prepared to tow me. He changed my tire then escorted me to a tire store, then drove me to my son’s, which had been my destination. I had a lovely visit then came home, but it could have all played out much differently. I reflected on these events while driving home, amazed at how many more things had gone right than had gone wrong, and thanking my Inner Being, even though I’d ignored the guidance, vowing not to ignore it again.
A mere two days later I had an opportunity to put that into practice. Out with my photographer taking picture assignments for the magazine I’m editor of, a few big puffy snowflakes fell. Ah yes, we told each other, they said it may storm later, good thing we were working now and would be home before it hit.
We had one last photo in town, then the next one was a 90 minute round trip for me. In the time it took to take that picture, the storm hit. But it was in beginning stages where it could go either way. We decided to go for it and complete our assignment.
I drove 1/2 a block in what was fast becoming a white-out, and had such a strong internal “NO” (actually more of a, “are you out of your freekin mind?” that I pulled into the nearest parking lot and told my photographer I was going home.
My photographer offered to take it without me, since he lives that direction anyway. I drove home at a crawl, with the road barely visable, and was very grateful to arrive safely.
My co-worker text-ed me later to say I’d made a good call, and that roads were horrible. By the end of the day, there was a 30 car pile-up that made news around the country. And the moral to this rather long example,is listen to your inner guidance. I was shown very clearly that to ignore it is to do so at your own peril. I won’t be ignoring it again. But if my sharing these experiences keeps even one of you out of a ditch this winter, it was worth it!
Love & Light, Alexandria