Gas cans and life?

What do gas cans have to do with life?  Well, depending on where you encounter them, a lot.  Recently we heard a story of how an innocuous gas can made someone’s life flash before their eyes.

Picture yourself driving to work, listening to your favorite talk radio show as you’ve done every weekday for the past several years.  Rain, snow, sleet and bumper to bumper traffic are no match for your quick witted driving skills.  Hell, you’re experienced. You’re a pro; and you’ve driven this route some many times with no mishaps, accidents or flying middle fingers.  gas-canSure you’ve been aggravated and may have even cussed a few times; but each day you managed to find your way to work then reverse the whole process and make your way safely home again.  You’re so good that you’ve managed to transform your driving into auto pilot, but then one day weaving your way effortlessly through stop and go traffic and finding some open road you’re cruising at 70 mph when all of a sudden in the middle of the road is (you guessed it) that innocuous bright red gas can.  No time and no space are afforded and suddenly the gas can finds it way under your car and forces you to find your way to the breakdown lane to assess the situation.

A few quick adjustments and you’ve managed to dislodge yourself from the can, and with no apparent damage, you’re back on your way to your favorite coffee shop where you order the usual and take a seat to caffeinate the morning (as if you really needed it).  It is now and only now you begin to shake uncontrollably and realize today could have been the end.  Had you done all that you were put on this earth to accomplish?  Was this it? Was this how it was going to happen; alone in your car, rush hour traffic and taken out by a gas can!?

Every day we have an opportunity to experience life and engage in living and each day we have gas cans in our paths that force us to maneuver and reassess; yet we still manage to shrug off the initial shock and again adjust our settings back to autopilot and continuously miss out on some of life’s true gems.

Don’t be sidelined by a gas can.  Engage everyday.  Notice the moments.  After all LiFE is NOW…®

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