[easy does it]

[easy does it]

Every time it rains hard, the street in front of my house gets flooded.

 

I have witnessed this so many times in the last couple of decades, sometimes watching from the ground level, sometimes from my perfect vantage point up at my home.

The water usually leaves in around an hour after the rain stops. There are ways to drive around this part of the street… yet, every year, there are people who drive into the puddle, trying to get through.

I watched them yesterday (after carefully driving across the street and onto the sidewalk just minutes before because we didn’t dare to get our little Chevrolet Aveo into the middle of the torrents) and I thought…

There are people who carefully drive into the water, going slow and cautious, since they aren’t sure what the water holds beneath.

And there are those that ride into the water as if their cars are actually boats… And some of those cars end up bobbing on the water, flooded up to the engine, carried by waves they themselves have created.

Our life isn’t always wonderful 75F sunshiny days. There are rains, there are thunderstorms, there are days when the sky is overcast and gray… What do we do with those?

I know many people whose approach to challenges and tough situations is “charge into action and do something.”

And many have told me that I lack ambition and that I prefer to “play it safe.”

As I watched the cars last night, I thought that actually sometimes it’s good to play it safe and carefully advance through those rough flood waters of our life’s challenges, making sure that your engine is above the water and that you can actually get to the other side of the puddle and not get stuck in the middle because you’ve burned out.

You might think, “If I drive fast into the puddle, I’ll get out of it faster…” However, you also might end up stuck in the middle for much longer… sort of like Hebrews on their way out of the Egypt and through the desert to the Promised Land. They were supposed to make this trip in about 40 days… and instead, it took them 40 years.

Easy does it.

At least sometimes.

  • I think a lot of it depends on a person’s personality. Yours tend to be more observe then move. At times I wish I had been a bit more cautious and taken your approach. I’m guessing I would have avoided a lot of heartache. I’m wiser now and still have to hold myself back from time to time but know it is wise to survey the lay of the land And for the record: wise choice going around. My guess is your Aveo would have made a good raft.

    • Yeah, I am definitely one of the observers. I do run headlong into some adventures every once in a while, but those are rare and usually it’s by accident. Otherwise, I am more conservative.

      And yeah, our car’s small (especially compared to the US standards… we’re closer to Italian tiny cars) 😀

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