This past Friday as I was leaving my art group meeting, I picked up my cell phone, left a message for a friend, and hung up. Driving straight but needing to make a left turn, I noticed a median between the lanes going forward and the one for the left turn. I quickly pulled over to the left lane. Suddenly, I heard tweeting sounds and saw a flashing light in my rear view mirror. The policeman on his motorcycle noticed I had used my cell, because he was in the median and said I almost hit him. I deserved that ticket for cell phone use, because it represented how distracted my mind was at the time.
The next day I drove an hour north to meet a friend for lunch. We had an enjoyable lunch, then decided to walk through the mall. We sat down on a circular planter to visit a little while longer before heading back to our cars to leave. I could see that the traffic was already bumper to bumper on the freeway,so I figured the drive home would be slow. It was stop and go all the way home. A normal one hour drive took two. As I wearily headed to my front door, I put my hand in my purse and didn't feel my wallet. Before panicking, I looked in my car. A black wallet blends in with the floor of my car and my purse. No luck. My first thought was to call the restaurant, but glanced over to my home phone and saw that I had a call from the mall security. Security called to say that a woman that worked at a jewelry store had picked up my wallet and brought it to lost and found. Not a card or penny was missing. Sunday morning I drove up early to beat the traffic and picked up my wallet. All I could be was grateful for an honest woman, and to God, especially for taking care of me. Now I have a typed list of every card in my wallet and numbers to call if they are lost or stolen.
The message from last weekend was, stay focused in the moment, not thinking about the future or the past. Writing down all those thoughts traveling through my head, getting earphones that fit or a bluetooth, and buying a bright red wallet will help too.