This morning I was reading a blog I subscribe to that pointed out something I've been doing for a while now (and feeling better about parts of my daily decisions). A few years ago I realized that sitting in rush hour traffic is something I just have to do. I can't carpool, ride a bike, go at a different time. I just have to accept the inevitable, and go with the flow. I tune out the emotions of the drivers (and riders) around me and just move with traffic like it's a stream of water. There's the occasional obstacle I keep my eyes open for and move around. If I get stuck behind it, I wait. Eventually I will flow around it. Sometimes there's a dam. I find a different route. I may listen to the radio, I may call someone, I may just be. It's SO easy to drive to work with this mindset. The stressors from home are gone. The stressors from work will be there when I arrive. But in the car (or minivan) time just is. Of course I fall off the wagon some days but overall, I have enjoyed my little bit of me time.
Now to have more personal success with other moments in my day...
Here's the link to the blog that I find particularly useful.