Who Lifts You Up? Who Will You Lift Up Today?

We had been looking forward to this vacation all year.  And we talked with friends about our vacation as we planned in the approaching days.

The Drive was an especially interesting part to talk about with others because in past years the drive to this beach we were visiting had taken six or more hours. “How are you going to go?” “Did you know they built a new road that cuts the drive time to four-and-a-half?”  “Oh, really?  Show me on the map.”

Bingo!  We can get there faster and start sooner.  Suddenly, The Route to vacation had become of paramount importance to me.  But, true to life, I had taken a wrong turn in trying to get to this new route and we found our family truckster on the back roads.  In front of me were pick-up trucks slowly hauling loads that were way to tall and far too carelessly packed.  To my right were signs saying 35-MPH.  To my left, No Passing.

Frustration built.  I blew it.  My whole idea was getting there in a shorter drive than ever and starting our long-awaited vacation. Instead, I’ve turned our first hours into a slow-motion slug through roads that will certainly not lead us the fast way.

Frustration built.  I blew it.  My whole idea was getting there in a shorter drive than ever and starting our long-awaited vacation. Instead, I’ve turned our first hours into a slow-motion slug through roads that will certainly not lead us the fast way.

“It’s alright, we never see this part of the country anymore,” my wife said.  “Look at that old church,” she’d chime in a few minutes later.  And after about 30-minutes along the ‘wrong’ road, “Hmm, it actually turns out we didn’t lose any time at all.   We’re almost to the highway.”

She was saving me.

She was saving me from myself, from my frustration, from a sad sulking that would have started our vacation off on a very low note.  She was putting herself out in front and re-directing my mindset to the wonderful time our family washaving now rather than my hopes for a wonderful early arrival.

Realizing her act of selflessness (well, OK, she did have something to gain from her actions: her own sanity over my pending depression), I corrected.  I smiled and appreciated the view and enjoyed our time together on these country roads.

We arrived just a little more than the new four-and-a-half hour travel time and we happily pulled in, unpacked and played.

“Thank you,” I told her today.  She just smiled, twitched her nose and mouth together and turned her head a bit as if to say, ‘No problem.’

What will you recognize today as your opportunity to ‘save someone’?
And will you do it as subtly and genuinely as she did?
I hope you can.  You’ll be glad you did – and so will they!IMG_0770

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Author:Scott Cross

We're all better off for the connections we make with each other. We learn from them (for better and worse) which is why I like to write about the amazing results that come from connecting.

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