It’s been a while since I’ve done a two cents Tuesday. Welcome back!
Today we’re going to discuss carpooling. At my new project, I discovered that another girl and I live only about a mile away from each other. The only logical (and fun) thing to do, was to agree to carpool together. I was a little nervous going into this because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get up on time everyday how’d it go. I wasn’t sure if I’d feel tied down or limited. I was worried it’d be a big change.
But I wanted to get to know my co-worker better. She seemed really sweet and someone in whom it would be worth investing. She’s my age, soft spoken, laughs easily, and a hard worker..all qualities with which I wanted to spend more time. As someone who talks too much, too loudly, and too quickly, I thought it’d be good for me to learn to listen and think before I speak. I thought it’d be good for me to be around someone who is cheerful all the time because it’s too easy for me to get caught up in my own woes, hardships, and frustration. I need to be reminded about the small joys all around me- the ones I too easily dismiss for far too many reasons. And I know I need to be around someone who listens intently at work and gets her job done. I can get wrapped up in talking with co workers (refer back to point one). I can get lost in my pride and entitlement and forget about the work with which I have been blessed. I knew being around her would help me recognize these improvements I need to make in my own life.
And, a month into carpooling, I have to say I love it. I love the unwinding that happens together after a long day. I love the processing of meetings, interactions, or news in the office that we get to have together. I love hearing about her evening or weekend- the fun she has with her new puppy and the excitement of moving into a new apartment. I love discussing crazy stories we hear on the radio and trying to balance my words between judgement and compassion. I love the companionship it offers, even if just for a few dozen minutes.
Oh yea, I like being ‘green’ too. Saving the planet while saving the green in my wallet. I feel socially, economically, and relationally aware. This whole experience has been a pleasant surprise.
What pleasant surprises have you had these past few weeks?