Encountering Speed Bumps in Life
Have you ever been driving through a parking lot and didn’t realize there were speed bumps in your path?
If you were lucky, the only thing that would happen is a scraping sound on the bottom of your car.
The same thing can happen in life too.
You will be going along and all of a sudden some kind of bump appears out of nowhere and you are getting banged up.
It’s a speed pump.
Life is bumpy. We never know what is lying ahead. I first spoke about speed bumps in this post.
How to handle the speed bumps in your life:
First, you have to see and accept that it is there. When you are driving this happens pretty automatically. In life, acceptance is often the first step in dealing with anything.
Next, you must slow down. There are consequences if you don’t. Scraping the bottom of your car as you cringe just knowing that you’ve damaged something when you go too fast over one. When a speed bump happens to you in life, slowing down is important too. If you go too fast, you can forget to feel which can lead to a damaging crash later.
Third, in slowing down for a speed pump, you must get your car all the way through before you can accelerate again. The same is true in real life. It takes time to deal with the event. Even though it can seem like you are on the road to recovery, derailment can still happen if you go too fast.
Finally, you are through and you begin to pick up speed. Life seems to happen a million miles an hour. Even though we would like it to slow down, as we settle into our new routine and life goes back to normal and the speed picks up.
We must make the conscious decision to take in the lessons learned in the speed bump. We must take the time to see and enjoy the life that we have before something happens and it changes.
Quite right! Easier said than done though!