Shifting gears…

The sun sets on another day…

The rain peeked in and out, sometimes slow, sometimes fast, but always there. At times the shifting of the speed reminded me of driving a stick shift car, and I smiled as I felt the rain fall upon me.

I get a kick out of driving a stick shift. Well, maybe more than a kick. There is something about being immersed in the process so much that you become a part of it. In driving a car a stick can give you control you did not think possible, on a motorcycle you truly become a part of the machine you are riding. I remember teaching my children how to drive a stick, sometimes they did good, sometimes they ground the gears trying to shift right. The trick was for them to keep trying until they too felt as though they were part of the machine. I am sure this is true with all vehicles automatic and manual, but shifting gears make you truly feel like you are part of the process. 

In our day to day we should do the same. Not just let life come and go, but be so immersed in the moments that we actually become a part of them. We have the ability to feel the smooth riding and the grinding gears in life, why don’t we pay attention? Why is it that so many people look for other reasons or people to blame for what happens? Why can’t we take a moment and realize that for all we do, it is up to us? It is my opinion that people do not take enough time sometimes to realize who is driving their lives. The answer should be, you are driving your life. Many people may suggest differently, but at the core, the base of it all, you should be driving your life.

I know there are some that would disagree. I understand. It is easier to blame others that to look in the mirror. Maybe we need to take just a moment or two and take stock of who we are, what we do, and how we are shifting our gears to make sure we are on the right path. After all, we don’t get many chances or many paths in life, and being on the right path is pretty important. Maybe you have it all figured out. Maybe you shift your gears in life like a super Nascar driver. If that is you, why not help someone else. If it is not, well, if you need help, ask. Don’t grind the gears, make each day a smooth ride, no mater what.

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope your day is a smooth ride. I hope you feel the power of who you are, that engine you are shifting gears for. Make today your day, and shift into a higher gear to make it better and better. Then smile for a moment, and laugh, and make the world a better place not just because it is there, but because you are in it. You are the best solution for your life, be the solution that make it right every day.

Sleep sweet, love life, and shift to fifth…

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