The Blessings of Traffic

The Blessings of Traffic

For the past year, a major thoroughfare from my house to work has been under construction. I mean like major construction–viaducts being torn down, new ones being constructed. Roads are being closed left and right. An alternate route one day will be met with a “Road Closed” sign the next. To say it is a frustrating way to start the day doesn’t even begin to sum it up.

So it went the other morning. I was sitting in traffic, not going anywhere for a good amount of time. With nothing better to do, I glanced over toward the river. The sun was shining bright and the reflection off the water was beautiful.

Still stopped, I looked to the left. I surveyed buildings that I had never seen before. I suddenly noticed ones that for all these years had been blocked by the old overpass and hidden in the shadows. It was like seeing the landscape of the route I have driven my entire life anew.

I started to wonder what other things I was missing in my life because I’ve been moving too fast, zipping along at a speedy pace. Were there things other than the landscape that I was bypassing? You would think I would have been aware of this. For the past year I have been bemoaning the fact that my oldest is heading to high school. But still I rush here and there, leaving the finer details of life in my rearview mirror.

My moment the other day on that newly constructed overpass reminded me, to quote Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” As far as traffic is concerned, I’m pretty sure I won’t forget to slow down. After all, this construction project isn’t due to be done till next year. So I guess I’ll just have to sit in traffic and count my blessings.

 
 

About the Author

By day, Susan Hines-Brigger is the managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger. By night, she and her husband, Mark, are the caretakers and social directors for their four kids: Maddie, Alex, Riley and Kacey.