If life is like a road trip, we’ve been taking a closer look at the journey.

Over the past two weeks, we planned the destination, packed our stuff and hit the road. With the help of a map or GPS, we headed in the right direction and look forward to reaching the next landmark along the way. After resolving the backseat squabbles, we checked the mile markers to measure our progress and see if we’re almost there.

What else happens on a road trip?

Well, if your family is anything like mine, pretty soon somebody needs to stop and go potty. It’s time for a pit stop.

Our family pit stops could never rival those of NASCAR. For one thing, we all exit the vehicle and stretch our cramped muscles. Everybody – whether they think they need to or not – makes a restroom visit. We top off the gas tank and empty out the trash. Maybe check the oil or tire pressure. Last, we raid the cooler for drinks and snacks before climbing reluctantly back into our seats for the next leg of the trip. While on the way to our destination, we came across a number of accidents that hampered the journey. A shift of perspective did make us think of the accident victims and their pain. Memories of some posts from the Lawyers magazine ran through my head when I witnessed the accident, which was likely to happen to us as well.

What about life?Do you zoom down the highway of life without stopping to take care of yourself and basic needs? Do you take regular breaks or do you wait until the fuel gage has bottomed out? This journey takes a lot out of us – emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually – and we need to take the time to empty out the trash, stretch, and refuel.

What about you? When was the last time you made a pit stop? Was it rushed like NASCAR or leisurely? How did you refuel?
Road Trip – Pit Stops
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5 thoughts on “Road Trip – Pit Stops

  • October 26, 2009 at 7:14 am

    >I don't have time for many pit stops these days! But thank you for the reminder that we can't make it to our destination without a few, even if they're short!

  • October 26, 2009 at 10:10 am

    >I think my last pit stop was actually at conference, and it seemed to whiz by. I'll have to think on how I can create a rejuvenating pit stop soon.

  • October 26, 2009 at 10:49 am

    >Hmmm, pit stops. I try to have one every day at my kids' naptime. LOL This is a great point though, that we all need to slow down and stretch sometimes. Get rid of the trash and grab some refreshments. :-)

  • October 26, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    >I like to keep things going, but not to the point of crashing. So I step back and assess things and situations when I need to.

  • October 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    >I took one this morning. I love Monday mornings. Pit stops can happen when I just take the pressure off myself and allow half an hour of "free" time instead of rushing into all my chores and errands.

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