I haven’t written earlier today because I have been thinking about our recent bump in the road with our reduced income. I found myself trying to think of the possible ways one could react to a bump in the road. I came up with a few that I would like to share with everyone.
For a visual here, you are riding a bike and you hit the bump and fall off. You are not injured too bad, but you need to shake your head a little bit to gather your wits.
Here are a few things I thought of that can happen when you are at that point:
1.) After you stop shaking your head, you look back at the bump you hit. Think about why you hit it and how you will avoid it next time. You get back on your bike, take another look at that bump behind you, shake your head one last time, and pedal on your way on the path you were going.
2.) With your head still shaking, you go to that bump in the road, kick and yell at it a few times and as you whip around to walk away you shuffle some rocks on it for good measure. You grab your bike, slam it upright so it does a little bounce, and then go on your way.
3.) Your head doesn’t shake long and before you know it you are grabbing some sticks to help level out that bump you hit. Yes, you already hit it once and may not hit it again, but you know you’ll come back around these parts again and you know others do too. So, you take that stick to fix the bump. It doesn’t take long, and when you are done you dust off your hands, get back on your bike and continue on your path.
I’ll admit, I’ve done #2 many times. Anger, I found, never did me that well. Before I knew it I was hitting the next bump because my vision was clouded by madness. I think as I’ve gotten older, I have gotten wiser so I am less angry overall.
#1 is the one that I relate to now. I reflect back on what happened in a calm manner and then head on my way.
I think, though, that I want to be at the point where I do #3. It may take longer to smooth out that bump so it doesn’t make you fall next time, but the time spent may be well worth it.
I’ll have more to say about #3 tomorrow. In the meantime, do you have any thoughts? Any other options to add?