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Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)
- TITLE: Maria's Hurdle
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So, it was on a bright October day, the kind of day that promises change and a respite from worries, that she continued the trip. She started out early in the morning, knowing that it would take several hours to get there. Her folks lived in Dayton, Ohio, so driving from the Mount Vernon, Ohio area would take time.
As she drove, she looked at the beauty before her. She never got used to the wonder and beauty of fall foliage and the sparkle in the air that meant good times to come—Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course, Christmas. Ever since she was a little girl, fall was the best time of the year. While most found autumn to be the end of something; Maria found it to be the “beginning” of so many things--new opportunities for growth, possible new friends and maybe returning to school.
Most of all, it was the beginning of fresher and cooler air, beautiful looking fall trees and the promise of good things to come.
About half way to her parent’s home, she saw ahead of her a bridge. She had crossed it many times, so there were no feelings of anxiety when viewing it from afar. But, this time, something was different. Her heart began to race, she felt dizzy and for some strange reason, she felt that she couldn’t cross it!
She tried to regain composure. Surely, she was just tired and out of sorts. Yet, the closer she got, the more her anxiety increased. She couldn’t explain it but she was feeling out of control!
Then she remembered that this kind of experience happened to her years ago and when she told the doctor about it, he told her that she might have been experiencing an anxiety attack, fueled by too much caffeine.
She thought back to her breakfast that morning. How much coffee did she drink?
She recalled that she drank almost three cups. Three cups normally didn’t bother her but she was suspecting that this time it was.
About a mile away from the bridge, she pulled over and took some deep breaths. After she cooled down for awhile, she began to feel better.
She turned on the ignition again and pulled away from the curb. As she drove on to the bridge she felt some anxiety, tightened her grip on the steering wheel but continued to drive. Later, the anxiety lessened and she was able to cross the bridge safely and soundly.
She vowed that day to never drink more than a cup of coffee when traveling.
Bridges, like any hurdle or problem that comes along, needs to be addressed and overcome. And like any hurdle, it always goes better when you know what to expect and how best to handle the situation. Perhaps the old saying, “Forewarned is to be forearmed” is a saying to keep in mind. Can save a bunch of trouble!
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