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Searching For Yellow


I was driving my son home from school recently when a traffic light began to change quickly. What followed immediately was a split-second decision that had to be made. We have all been there. Do we take our chances and run the light or slam on the brakes to avoid the potentially red light? I chose to continue moving forward as it seemed like the safer option. After we went under the light, my son commented, “Don’t worry mom, it was only yellow. The yellow light is simply there to warn us that red light is coming.”


His comment caused a brief pause and then thoughts began to flood into my head.


This sent my mind into a flurry thinking that the statement that he made was indeed true. But I was left asking myself, “Why it is that we receive warnings like a yellow light when driving, but not in our lives?”


Sometimes we could all use a little yellow in our lives. We just need a simple reminder that we have a choice. Not only when things are going wrong, but time to appreciate when things are going right. Instead of a warning of danger, a warning to stop and appreciate the blessings.


We move in life at such a fast pace that the good parts often pass by entirely too quickly. We are so busy that we often miss the good stuff…the moments that we should treasure.


I have been a bit quieter on this blog for a while and it is simply because I needed a little yellow in my life. I needed to take the time to appreciate and savor the good moments. I needed more family time. I’m not goanna lie, but I needed more “me time” too! Don’t we all? The world moves so quickly and expects us to follow suit. The key is knowing that we have the power to slow down when we need and travel life at our own pace.


I have a college friend that walked away from a successful career, as did her husband, to embrace a life on a sailboat. They do not have any children and no outstanding obligations to keep them in one place. So, they just made the leap and did not look back. I never know where they are, but man, that is admirable. I’m guessing that they needed a little yellow too!


Why is the “yellow time” so elusive to many of us? We need more time to stop and think before a decision is made. We need time to appreciate all the good things in life instead of just focusing on things that go wrong and stop us in our tracks.


I challenge you to do something every day to remind you what is really important. I invite you to slow down a bit and enjoy. Afterall, it is your life!

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