But I didn’t take it personally -:)
Last night Gail asked me to drive to dinner in Patterson NJ. We were both in a great mood, looking forward to having an amazing dinner that our friend Yassar so generously makes at his restaurant AlBasha. Five minutes into the drive I heard a voice coming from a loud speaker of a police car behind me – “pull to the left”. “Hummm” I thought, “what is this about? Something to do with where we’re going to?” said my paranoid anxious voice. “You took a left in a red light, in one of the busiest areas of New York. May I have your drivers license & registration?” As I reached out to give him both, I remembered the line from the Hopi Message – “At this time in history you must take nothing personally, least of all yourself -:)”. Well, for the next endless ten minutes, while he went back to his car to check my records I-breathed~love-in-2-my-anxious-voice-taking-it-very-personally, and was calm & fiercely present. Even when the officer handed me a ticket for $120, I could have sworn that he felt bad about the whole thing, but had to do his duty. The rest of the trip to dinner became extra precious. Both Gail & I were wondering ‘what was the lesson here?’ Based on the fact that we never noticed that I crossed a red light, the cynical NYCer said, “The cop did his job to fulfill the ticket quota for the day”. But the real lesson here was that ‘when shit happens, there is no need to beat yourself up and prolong the upset. You don’t learn more, become more responsible or a better person by torturing and beating yourself up extra hard. Regulating gun control & weapons of mass destruction – start at home. Needless to say, dinner was extra expensive, but it was worth every penny to practice LOL – love of life all the way.
Samuel Jakob Kirschner, Voice of the BREAZE