Stuck in the Predictable #1293 

by Sue Hawkes

Old habits die hard.  

No matter how many opportunities I have to recognize the patterns I have which inform my behaviors, I am continuously surprised how it confronts my thinking when a pattern is interrupted. Today, all the parking spaces I “usually” park in were full.  

When I realized I was driving around our relatively small parking lot to see what else was available, it occurred to me I was doing so hoping one of “my” spots would avail itself. This was all subconscious. When I realized there were plenty of open spots, just not the ones I typically park in, I had to laugh at my behavior. 

When I returned to the lot midday, I didn’t remember where I parked and had to take a tour looking for my car (remember, this is a small lot…duh). As I drove away, I wondered, where else in my life I have settled in, not questioning what else is available, not seeing what is possible, not opening myself to new experiences, counting on the predictable instead of being fully present? 

I know it was only a parking space; yet when you’re ready, the lessons hit you like a 2 x 4! 

How about you? Where are you stuck with the predictable? 

Sue HawkesStuck in the Predictable #1293