Why I Love Traffic
Written By: Robert Batch
Traffic usually ends up being one way with a person. Frustrating. Let's be honest...we are slowed down in getting where we need to go. We are surrounded by people (often also joining in our frustration). Typically it is the worst when we are trying to come home after a long day at work. I think we can all relate.
Today I am going to pose to you three (like always) reasons why I actually have grown to appreciate traffic. Please remember while you read this...I am writing this from one of the biggest traffic hubs of the country...Los Angeles.
#1. It Forces A Slow Down
Like I mentioned in the beginning, the ugly reality of traffic is that it forces us to slow down. If we don't, we end up in a bad situation (accident, fender bender, etc). With this reality of slowing down while driving we are put into a unique mental state of slowed down attentiveness. (Disclaimer: I am not promoting to take your focus off of what is going on the road). However while we are in this slowed down attentiveness we can become more and more aware of what the Lord is saying to us. (This would require to turn off the radio).
Let's be honest, we can all use a bit of improvement when it comes to being patient. Patience brings the soul to be disposed to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and unites the soul into the virtuous life. Aristotle once said:
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet
The fruit of the spiritual life is the sweet love of the Lord that invades our lives when we in fact slow down, and we are willing to put our schedule aside, and enter patiently into the Lord's time. This is the sweetness of the spiritual life. We are only able to fully taste the sweetness if we allow ourselves to enter past the bitterness into the sweetness and beauty.
#3: Surrounded by Humanity Trying To Get Somewhere
We are all on a journey. Whether it is on the interstate, or a back road, or a journey in our spiritual life, we are all human beings trying to get somewhere. Traffic reminds me of that beautiful reality. We are all sinners trying to be come saints, and to get to our eternal home, heaven.
So, the next time you find yourself stuck in traffic, remember, to slow down, have patience, and remember you are not alone in this journey.
Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
- Matthew 7:13
About The Author:
Robert Batch holds a degree in Communications with a Minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theology online through Franciscan. He has a passion for speaking, lecturing, and teaching about the faith. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Amanda