We have all heard “Out with the old, in with the new.” It sounds so pleasant, but it can be very difficult. Sometimes it can happen abruptly and without warning.
If you have read some of my previous posts, you will know that I went through a season of unfortunate events. The first unfortunate event was the second accident in my minivan. I was on my way to the body shop to get an estimate for a rear end collision that caused some minor damage to my rear bumper. I had planned on doing some Christmas shopping as well. I had my mother and my two-year-old son in tow at the time when a pickup truck crossed the median, T-boned another truck which in turn hit me, pushing my van into oncoming traffic on the opposite side of the highway. The first truck went on to hit the car behind me. Fortunately, the oncoming traffic was far enough away not to hit me again. After the dust cleared, I checked to see if my mom and son were okay, snapped my dislocated thumb back in place (yeah, I’m tough like that), I realized all of my airbags had deployed which meant my van was surely a total loss. The drunk driver who hit us had destroyed my mommymobile and caused so much damage and injury to others as well. The last person hit was seriously, but not life-threateningly injured.
The paramedics came to take us to the hospital and as I could see that my mom and son were okay, I wondered what lingering aches and pains would follow us in the upcoming days, and possibly years to come. I hoped my thumb was not broken. It wasn’t, and my mom and son were fine (my mother and I needed several weeks of physical therapy, but on the whole, we were okay). After my family and I made it safely home from the hospital, I started to think about my mommymobile. I had purchased it when I was still working. Now as a full-time, stay-at-home mom, my family was living on just one salary. I wondered if we would be able to get another vehicle comparable to the one we had. I loved that van. Fortunately, we were able to get a used van identical to the one we had. This one even had all of the bells and whistles my base-model had not. Something I loved was replaced with something better.
I think of this story when I have challenging moments in my life. There are times when I need to make room for better things. I cannot get too attached to something that may be blocking the place of something better. Go with the flow. Allow things to be transient. Oftentimes we tend to hold on to things with the mindset of scarcity. The world is abundant. We have more than we need at our disposal and should never hold on so tightly to things with the belief they cannot be replaced.
I would like to challenge all of us to make room. Purge the old and tattered and make room for something new. We deserve it!