MKMMA Week 22 – A Capitol Idea

The recommendation this week to spend three days in silence is extremely appealing to me, especially as the current events in my life pretty much preclude it happening at the moment. Too many activities that require human communication.

True, that is a choice, and I could choose to ignore those activities and retreat to a prolonged silence, but I would most likely not be pleased with the long-term outcomes of that choice. So I choose to do those things now, and look forward to days of solitude in the months ahead.

Instead I’m using the “power nap” approach, finding silence where and when I can, 30 minutes here, an hour there. Sometimes in the most non-traditional places.

Most people have at least heard of the Capitol Beltway, that 66-mile ring of pavement surrounding Washington, DC. You can drive around the nation’s capitol in circles for hours and even days and never go anywhere; most appropriate for a ring around THIS city. I suspect its original intention was to try to contain the inmates within the confines of Washington, but that never worked.

So it’s now the most direct and occasionally convenient route for intercourse between Maryland and Virginia, allowing us all to bypass having to drive by the White House and be strip searched by Homeland Security every time we need to run an errand across the river.

On Wednesday, following my meeting in Virginia, I got on the Beltway to return to my home in Maryland. Entering in free-flowing traffic, at what is pretty much the last place on or off before reaching the Potomac and the bridge to Maryland.

And braking with everyone else just a short distance later (though beyond sight of the road I had just come off, where I still had a chance to take an alternate route). All four lanes at a complete standstill.

I turned on the traffic radio just in time to hear that “the big story today is the jack-knifed tractor-trailer just before the American Legion Bridge heading from Virginia into Maryland.” Blocking all four lanes. Making it a less convenient route at that moment.

The road sign along the highway declared “GW Pkwy 2; Potomac River 2-1/2”.

Miles, not a score. No one was winning this day.

So there I sat, 2-1/2 miles behind the accident that blocked my path home, with no way to get off the Beltway.

But an interesting thing happened. Or, perhaps I should say I made an interesting choice.

Rather than fuss and fume and restart the mental diet every thirty seconds as I would have done in the past, I realized, “I’m going to be here for a while, alone in the car – looks like a great time for an extended sit”.

That hour and a half silence, as well as several other extended sits this week, together with last week’s conversation on thinking Big Thoughts, has caused me to reconsider my DMP much more clearly.

I realize that previous attempts at re-writes were always still just rearranging the list of “things”, rather than focusing energy on the core purpose. I’m now in the process of a much more meaningful re-evaluation of the DMP, a leaner, cleaner more concentrated look at the true Big Idea behind it all.

But I’m still going to be sure I tune in to the traffic report BEFORE I get on to the Beltway from now on.

 

 

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3 Responses to “MKMMA Week 22 – A Capitol Idea”

  1. Scott Pearce Says:

    Way to go! You have made great progress and are really moving forward (sorry) in becoming the person you desire to be. Mark said it’s finding the ONE thing. sounds like you are on your way.

  2. Scott Pearce Says:

    I loved your press release… I have been to Lake Atitlan and it truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. God bless you in your journey.

  3. Joshua Joseph Says:

    Phenomenal Choice!

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