This morning I was taking my precious cargo (13 year old daughter) to school. We were having a great morning. Beautiful Florida weather, smiles and good conversation. As I approached the school zone, with yellow lights flashing, I slowed down, turned my blinker on and prepared to get into the turn lane to turn into school. All the sudden, this angry large truck with a trailer carrying heavy traffic equipment started honking its horn at me repeatedly, while at the same time flying through the school zone at an accelerated rate.
This made me angry. I felt the surge of anger run through my body. I knew at this moment I had a choice ~ to fully feel the anger as it arises so I could LET IT GO ~ or I could grab that anger, hold onto it and carry it with me for the rest of the day. If I chose the latter ~ the stored anger would attract another situation later in my day giving me an opportunity to heal and release it. And this is where many of our problems come into play because the next opportunity is meant for us to find resolution but what usually occurs is we RESPOND irrationally....we put energy into motion which becomes an emotion. And by this time we have so much anger built up, our response is one of a negative nature and we find ourselves caught up in a vicious cycle of re-creation.
This driver was breaking the law and he clearly only cared about himself...... where he was going, how fast he could get there and was completely disrespectful to the other souls all around him. His fast moving truck spewed angry hateful energy as it sped by. He was totally in his ego and shadow. And his ego and shadow ignited mine, but I took dominion over mine so I too would not become "him" for the rest of my day.
We are presented with these opportunities all the time. It is part of our soul growth. I can't control this driver and his negativity but I can control mine. If I had not released my anger ~ my anger would have turned into resentment, blame and possibly even hate and I would have projected all of my feelings and emotions onto this driver. And that is what I call the OUTER PATH...focusing more on him and what he did instead of staying on the inner path of salvation by focusing on ME and what was going on within me during this time. These are the tricks of the ego and shadow....they will trip us up everytime getting us to focus our energy externally of ourselves.
So, in the long run...this driver gifted me with another opportunity to advance my soul. He also gifted me with a story to share that may help you too on your journey. So thank you angry driver, may you be blessed on your soul's journey. Namaste.