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Robin's Realm


The Parked Car


As I pulled into the parking space on the crowded street, I looked around at all the parked cars. I wondered where all the owners of the cars were and what they were doing at that moment. In a conversation with my friend Sue last night, she said to me God cannot work with parked cars. The comment she made really made me think about my life and how often I park my car of life and shut if off.

We all have different aspects on life. We all look for strength from others including friends, coworkers, family, God, the universe and so many more.  What we really need to be looking at is the strength we have within. I have been seeking for some time now and wondering how I am to find my purpose. Is it through meditation? Is it through prayer? Is it through my intuition? Is it through reinventing myself?

I have realized with Sue’s reminder that I will go nowhere as long as my car is parked.

My journey of life has traveled many routes in the last forty-four years of my life.  Some of the travels have been great trips others have been rocky roads.  As I reflect upon those journeys, I realize that I and I alone am the one that can keep the journey going. If I choose to put my life in park, I will get nowhere and remain stuck in a rut of life that will definitely go nowhere. However, if I take my life and put it in gear I will continue to learn who I am and who I can be.

It is challenging and not easy to keep going in life some days. Taking risks and making choices for me carries many fears. Fears some days that I choose not to face. If I continue to choose not to face those fears, I will always be stuck in the rut and left wondering could my life have been different.

A new year is about to begin for me; a new year that will be filled with challenges and fears, but most of all, a new year with great opportunities for me. It is up to me to take my car of life put it in gear and travel the road of life. I ask you to think about where your car of life is now? Are you stuck in a rut? Are you afraid to move forward?

As I have learned from Empowered Recovery we have choices to make regarding the relationships we find ourselves in, just as I have a choice now with the beginning of a new year of my life. 

I choose on this chilly night to continue to move my car of life along. I will move it along one turn at a time. I vow to myself if the detours of life get in my way, I will not park the car. I will put it in high gear and keep speeding along to my inner happiness. Won’t you join me? I would love to see you on the highway of life as well. After all, as you travel along today and you see the junk cars that we often see sitting in folk’s yard, you can say to yourself, “Thank goodness I chose not to park my car”? For if you had “parked your car,” you too would just be a piece of metal sitting in a place rusting away to nothing. Aren’t you worth more?

I know I am! 


--Robin Walters, February 21, 2006


© Copyright 2006 by Robin Walters. All Rights Reserved. 

Robin Walters is an alcoholic relationship survivor and writer in New York state. Robin still longs to be a school teacher, but now satisfies that longing by sharing her life experiences in the hope that her lessons will lighten the load for others. She may be contacted at robin@empoweredrecovery.com. Read more of her writings at www.EmpoweredRecovery.com/robin .




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