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Do You Know Who I Am?!

I left work a little late but before 5:00 – around 4:50. I knew enough not to leave at the top of the hour. Those that do, just sit in an endless line of cars waiting to get off the premises.

I was ahead of the game.

My reliable bomber Camry hummed down the street not wanting to sit in city traffic. I arrived at the railroad bridge fairly quickly so I could cut over to the highway. I liked this shortcut because the next entrance was too far into the city.

In front of the railroad bridge was a sign.

“Local Traffic Only”.

I didn’t exactly ignore it. I just rationalized how it didn’t apply to me:

  • I work locally
  • I know some of the locals
  • I’m familiar with the neighborhood
  • I’m not turning back at this hour of the day!

I proceeded.

I drove passed the sign, around the ballfield and in front of the condos, so I could turn left onto the highway.

As I approached I saw the blue lights. Cops in this neighborhood must have been the reason for the locals sign.

When I readied to turn left toward the Interstate, I saw the DPW roadblock. Suburbanites that cross into this neighborhood must have been the reason for the bigger sign.

“Road Closed”.

Seriously?!

I could see where I wanted to be but couldn’t get there. Worse yet, now I needed to go back into the city – after 5:00!

I was behind the eight ball.

I had to wait at the ballfield crossing. I stopped at the railroad bridge. I played stop-and-go down the country state highway with its multiple traffic lights. I got stuck in front of McDonald’s because their drive-thru lane was out into the street.

The highway is ten minutes from work. It took me forty-five to get there.

I’d been the first to start but couldn’t catch a good break.

…until I got some medium fries for the ride home.

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Let Go and Let God

The start of my holiday weekend was very busy and full of family obligations. On Sunday I consciously tried to rest on that seventh day. Reading and writing are  two ways I rest.

So, I started with my Reader here. A blogger I follow had a quote that basically stated, “if you don’t seize opportunity, it will pass.” I’m usually inspired by this blog that includes a spiritual presence. The entry was motivating but I responded negatively. The words made me think about what I should really be doing with my time – so I went into denial and switched to Facebook to waste time.

It was there I found a very touching and inspirational video that ended by very simply  stating, “If you want something in life – do it!”

I decided they were both signs to dust off my screenplay.  I gave it life seven years ago and only recently resuscitated it. I started off by rereading to get back into character, editing as I went. Momentum kicked in and I added several scenes. I spent a large part of the day bringing it to a new level. I’d strung a lot together and felt really positive about my progress.

I reflected on how my writing session started by reading other people’s posts.

We’d helped one another.

I’d listened to the whispers.

While I backed up my literary work, I read my daily inspirational calendar:

“Let your faith ignite your dreams.”