I was chatting with a friend the other day and he was telling me a story of a time he met a young man at 1230 am on a bridge. The young man was sitting there, next to his bicycle and back pack. This young man was sad, contemplating, reflecting, remembering. My friend said to him “There’s No Parking on the Bridge”. They talked for the next hour about choosing new thoughts for your life.
My friend and I talked more about how important it is to keep moving forward in our lives. To keep looking ahead and making things happen for each new day. How “Parking on The Bridge” can lead to unnecessary stagnation, pondering and maybe even regrets.
Since there’s nothing we can do about yesterday – except forgive and ask for forgiveness – we won’t get those times back, we might as well start over.
It reminds me of when I was a kid and I’d get to have ‘do-overs’ with my two girlfriends. The 3 of us had a pact where we could have a ‘do-over’ if we said anything that hurt another’s feelings. We’d actually make the noise of a cassette tape rewinding so we could start again with different words.
Right then and there we’d create a new outcome. We did not let each other get away with being mean, even if it was supposed to be funny. We didn’t let each other go home mad. We made sure there was no regrets at the end of the day between us.
I want to live like that now. No Parking On the Bridge! Take my bicycle and keep peddling. Keep my eyes open to what’s around the corner or up the bend. What I can create new?
Won’t you join me?