bENCOURAGEd to: Rezone

Updated: Jun 5, 2019


Tuesday's Tip to bENCOURAGEd...


Recently I came across one of my journal entries from years ago.

I hope that it encourages you as much as it did me...


Ready to accomplish somethings - with my baby boy strapped in his carseat - I headed back to the house to start on my To Do list before picking my daughter up from her Mother's Day out program. Staring at the road ahead my mind began to wander to future phone conversations and checklists. This is the point in which the ZONE took over. Have you ever been driving home from work, church, the store and notice that for the last ten minutes you have been on auto-pilot? The familiarity of the drive home had transitioned into a robotic journey. I was in this zone for about five minutes when I came upon cars, lights, road blocks, and emergency vehicles. Realizing that there must have been an accident I said a prayer and waited patiently in my car. A few minutes passed and as traffic began to turn around, on the two lane highway, I too put it in reverse in search of an alternate route. As I embarked on my new way home I noticed myself becoming frustrated by the fact that I had to interrupt my glazed over drive. My first trek turned into a two mile dead end which lead me back to my original u-turn. Rolling my eyes I made my way down the road to find another detour. I turned onto a beautiful winding road shadowed with canopying tall oaks. However, the new path required much more attention and seemed to take longer, which did not fit into my perfectly packaged day. Grumbling, under my breath about this inconvenience, I began to take notice of the greener than green rolling hills and the many beautiful horses that ran along the fence posts. This is the point that annoyance was replaced by a refreshing new view. I realized that earlier I was so focused on getting to my destination, i.e. ZONING OUT, and I was not enjoying the journey. At this point, I had let go of the fact that I was off of my plan and sat back in my tan driving seat embracing the road less traveled as I chauffeured a sleeping baby through the Tennessee countryside. While peering through the windshield, which held moving pictures of waving trees and fluttering birds, I noticed a helicopter flying through the scene. The flight pattern appeared to be headed for the accident, which I had recently left. Here I was, internally (which came out through "humphs" and "aghs"), complaining about missing out on a few minutes of unproductive driving thoughts while on that same path others were saving lives. Not only was my perspective refocused but so was my ego. It occurred to me that maybe my way on the highway was not the best means to an end. That maybe the next time I travel down a path, even one that is familiar, I should remember to embrace the moments in between point A to point B - to ZONE IN instead of ZONE OUT.


When life brings us detours we can choose to REZONE - zoning into our present journey - by looking around and focusing on the things that we are thankful for. This helps us get back on track physically and mentally so that we can bENCOURAGEd to enjoy the scenery along the way.


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