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Interesting location... being a spectator

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

So, I don’t know if it’s a local phenomenon or what... but there has been a fairly high number of incidents in the last few years in the village I live in and the surrounding towns of cars running into buildings (both houses and businesses). My apartment faces a main intersection in the village and I hear a number of accidents happen (I don’t sit and stare out the window and wait for them to occur...)... yesterday this accident happened. It hit the apartment building across the street from me and took out the control box for the traffic light in the intersection. The car was severely damaged (I would bet it was totaled), but there were no injuries, thank goodness. I find it intriguing to watch the first responders at work. I have such respect for them all! I do laugh on occasion about our village police force, just because there seems to be so little for them to do most of the time, but when they are needed they are right there... helping. I think our village police officers spend more time on outreach and prevention than anything else. It’s kind of nice. Watching the aftermath of this accident made me ponder though as I was spectating... how much am I a spectator in my life? And how much am I a participant? (Not that I want to be a participant in an accident...!). But just watching the first responders and how they got right in there and assessed the driver and passengers... the damage to the car... immediately started directing traffic, etc... there was no time for them to be spectators... they had actions to do to assure the health and welfare of the community and the people in the car. I guess what I am wondering is have fallen back into old habits of letting my life slide by without trying to change or affect it in any way. It is easier to take a metaphorical step back and let life just slip past without trying to influence or change it in any way, but then I become a mere observer to my life, not a participant in my life. Hmmm, something for me to contemplate...
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    I am relieved you were not a participant in the accident , having been in one I can assure you it is overrated for excitement !
    23 days ago
    Glad you have confidence in your first responders.
    23 days ago
    The city of Albuquerque’s previous mayor thought ART (Albuquerque Rapid Transit) was a terrific idea for the downtown area. It was supposed to have dedicated bus lanes, electric busses, etc. They changed the usage lanes to provide the dedicated lanes. Well, surprisingly, the busses don’t hold anywhere near the battery charges as promised. The present mayor nixed the whole idea. Now, when I try to go downtown, I keep veering towards the old left turn lanes, which are still blocked for busses only. Several areas further downtown have poor signage and lights - business owners in the areas have seen many minor to intermediate crashes and near misses of pedestrians. And, we haven had icy roads yet! (I try to remember to use alternate routes)

    Has your town done anything to mess up traffic flow?
    23 days ago
    Interesting. Be a participant rather than an observer. I like that. emoticon
    23 days ago
    Sending great empathy for this feeling!

    Especially when my life is pared down to self care and coping with stress, I can get caught up in comparing my "progress" with the way the people around me appear to be succeeding and moving forward.

    We are all moving forward in different ways, though. Blessings on our path.
    23 days ago
    That's a strange happening.

    I think sometimes I am observer and sometimes I'm a participant in life. Usually a participant, but when I need to mull something over, I am the observer.
    23 days ago
    That is unusual. Take care
    23 days ago
  • NOMI_822
    I have had times when I'm sure I was a spectator but try and affect change. I spend some time on Sunday reflecting so I make the most of each day. I looked to think of spectating as an opportunity for new ideas.🖒
    23 days ago
  • MBPP50
    Interesting perspective. I know I am guilty of letting life just go by, especially when I am depressed- then it just seems like such an effort to participate. Glad that car didn’t hit your building and that no one was hurt. emoticon emoticon
    23 days ago
    sometimes just observing things is a way for us to find some peace, we can step back and look at our lives and see the good and change what we think might not be working for us.observing also brings us a sense of peace. So don't be so hard on yourself.
    24 days ago
  • LINDA058
    24 days ago
    Weird that cars keep hitting buildings! Glad it wasn't your building!
    24 days ago
    That's so strange o:
    24 days ago
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