Mission Impossible the 101 Freeway

"Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting"

Joyce Meyer

 

by Gaby Velazquez Wealth Manager Assistant

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Getting to work in the morning can be a real adventure, but when you live in Los Angeles it can become a Mission Impossible! Sometimes I summon my inner Tom Cruise. I pretend a rope could fall at any moment from the sky and save me from the SUV riding my bumper, trying to swallow me like a snack. Most of the time in traffic though, I simply churn on. I like to stare at the person riding in the lane next to me and wonder if they’re enjoying their trip, what music they’re listening to, or if they’re low on gas.

 “The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances.” In other words, if we already know that the price of living in one of the best cities in the world is traffic, then we should think about the good that traffic pays for.  Think about the beaches, the mountains, and the sunshine.  Give yourself some calculated joy, and your angst may soon turn into a joyful appreciation.  

In Los Angeles there is really no way around the traffic. “You can dodge all you want, but sooner or later you just have to go into it, through it, and hopefully, come out the other side.” This phrase by Johnny Cash may not be about traffic, but it’s about what traffic represents. To me traffic represents a pain that we must endure. “In the end some of your greatest pain, can become your greatest strengths.” If we expect to have a long, slow ride home, then the traffic is no longer painful. Traffic simply becomes a ticket to the show, a show that you will probably be late for.