Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Commuters on Highway 75 deserve applause

    We, the valley’s commuters, deserve a big round of applause. For many, many months (or was it years?), we have patiently driven the harrowing orange-coned lanes of state Highway 75, cars flying by in the opposite direction, seemingly only inches away at times.  And, correct me if I am wrong, we did it without a single horrific head-on collision!
    Oh, there were some orange cones that went flying, but that’s about the worst of it, as far as I know.  We did well.
    The Buddhists have a term, “mindfulness,” which means, I believe, being focused in the moment. Well, we have all been forced into that Buddhist practice by that tough, tough drive we had to repeatedly make. Day after day, no dreamy commute, but instead we were focused—we were like mindful little Buddhists.
    And now the orange cones are gone, the roadwork finished, and what was once the most stressful of drives has become the most peaceful part of the daily commute. The stretch from St. Luke’s hospital to the East Fork light, in both directions, allows us to enter a calm and airy mind state as the roadway opens wide.
    Forget the white-knuckled necessity of mindfulness. Now we can all float dreamily up and down the highway—at least for that one stretch.
David Groverman

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