The last thing I said to my assistant as I headed out the door for Casper Monday morning was that I wished I’d have taken the time to get a book on CD or download something for the long drive. Boy did I need an attitude adjustment! I was only a few miles down the road switching from one radio station to the next hoping someone would be playing my favorite song when a radio preacher with a very British accent said ” It’s no wonder we don’t think anymore, we are all half drunk on entertainment. Our children can’t recognize our own Prime Minister in a photograph but they know who was voted off Dancing with the Stars last night.” ( I wish I would have caught his name to give him credit here) At that moment I shut off the radio and pondered that statement. The rest of my trip was driven in relative silence. As I attempted to quiet my mind I kept thinking of things I had forgotten to complete before I left. Each time I would pull over and write them down.
- I need to send a counter offer to another agent
- We are out of butter
- Did I pack my medicine?
The drive home was even better. As I was leaving Casper city limits my hand kept habitually reaching for the radio dial and I kept telling myself no. Listen to the quiet. In the silence my mind starting jumping around like a steel ball inside a pinball machine again. I was remembering my very first Realtor convention and wondering…
- was that in 1996 or 97?
- I forgot to stop at the mall and pick up a couple pairs of jeans for my 8 year old son. (His name is Noah so I CAN’T let him go around with pants that are too short.)
- I wish I’d have had the wisdom and insight Leigh Brown taught about 20 year ago.
I actually visualized my thoughts as this out of control ping pong ball. Then I realized I have 4 hours ahead of me today with virtually no distraction so it’s okay to just allow my mind to wander and ponder. In Wyoming there are no billboards and just a couple of miles out of town you can see nothing but desert and sky as far as the eye can see. It goes on like that for 99 miles.
It was a process as my mind gradually slowed. I was able to complete one thought and then another rather than continually forcing myself back to focusing on the task at hand. A couple of hours into it I had absolutely no unfinished mental business and it felt so good.
Then in the Wind River Canyon I was able to be totally captivated by the magnificent beauty that I was surrounded by. I can’t even believe how blessed I am to live so near this beauty.
It was at about this point that I had a few road trip revelations
- Life moves at the speed of whatever pace I choose.
- My productivity and my mental pace are inversely related.
- I need to allow my mind to wander WAY more often.
If you ever need to clear your head….I highly recommend a drive across Wyoming!