I have a forty five minute drive to work one way. If traffic gets bad, it could take an hour or even more sometimes. Although it is not fun to be driving alone for nearly an hour twice every day, it happens to be the only quiet time of the day that is entirely mine. Well, there aren’t many things that you could do while you drive, but you can most certainly try to make it enjoyable and sometimes purposeful too.
Like many, this is the time for me to catch up with the news, listen to my kind of music or call people (friends, family, work or the plumber :)). Btw, I’m on Bluetooth when on the phone and I’m a responsible driver; let me just put it out there :). I have used the time to plan social events (in my mind, of course), prepare for the work day ahead, generate ideas for my blog posts, and many more such activities. Sometimes if my mind does not treat me too well, I choose to talk to myself or remain completely quiet and allow myself to take some deep breaths.
So, last week I was driving to work one morning. I hadn’t planned to do anything in particular during the drive and preferred to simply be quiet. It was lull for sometime and then some thoughts or the other kept crossing my mind randomly. Your mind can never really be quiet, can it be? After going here and there my thoughts landed on my father’s health and my time with him in India a few months ago. It made me recall the difficult time that our family went through (he is fine now, btw), but together with that it particularly reminded me of the love and generosity of all my friends (far and near) that pitched in to support us in every possible way.
They were not just my ‘shock absorbers’ that minimized the impact I felt from the turbulence, but also my stress busters, my shoulders to cry on, my sounding boards, my heart warmers, my backups and most importantly my clones that ran all my errands without even being asked. I think it is only friends that can make you feel special and spoiled even in the most difficult of times. I’m always amazed by the magic they can weave into your life regardless of the situations.
I’m really very blessed and privileged to be surrounded by an ever growing list of friends. They’ve come to me at different points in my life right from my kindergarten days and they’ve all been a part of my life’s journey ever since. They have been the catalysts that have made my life easier, happier, more meaningful, and absolutely complete. As one of my blogger friends (Bina @ A Bit Wholesomely) beautifully wrote in an Instagram post, “If one were to measure wealth by the friends they have, I can safely say I’m the richest person on earth”. That is so so true!
My heart swelled with happiness, pride and gratitude. I was so glad I allowed my mind to wander without any guardrails that morning. The thoughts about the most special people of my life gave me a very pleasant start of the day. I parked my car and stepped out counting my blessings one more time.
Thanks for all that you have been to me my beloved friends. The world wouldn’t have been this beautiful without you. Love you all. Happy Valentine’s Day.