Saturday, April 2, 2011


Our home, Adagio, nestles securely halfway up a hill overlooking Gardner Bay, and Camano and Whidbey Islands to the north. The only way out of our neighborhood is down hill on Ocean. A right turn points us to Everett and I-5 four miles east. A left turn is a long but doable hike to the Mukilteo/Whidbey ferry and Mukilteo Speedway. The Speedway is a straight shot east to Boeing, I-405 and Costco.

Driving down the hill we experience a challenge. In our minds we know we need to go east. So to turn west seems illogical. We have measured both directions to Costco, and traveling west to Mukilteo is shorter in both time and distance. But logically it feels like we are moving in the wrong direction.

My husband attempted to teach me racquetball. My experience with tennis made receiving a ball off the front wall and needing to propel same ball in the direction it is already going to rebound off the back wall just all wrong.

My inability to turn my body and swing the racquet toward the back wall does not make tennis a better game than racquetball. I just need to create room in my thinking for illogical realities.

We are now able to transition our thinking to the west when we leave home for Costco. Unsurprisingly we return the longer, eastern route which parks us at the dreaded *Sievers Deucy/Glenwood traffic light. As we sit and wait our turn at the empty intersection, we ask why we can’t change our thinking and come home via the Speedway.

Transitional thinking takes intentional awareness, effort and time.

*Transitional Traffic posted 11/22/10

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