As we move through Autumn, the weather has once again changed. The blue skies have now become heavy rain clouds and we all wonder where did 2020 go. As the darker nights draw in and we continue to deal with this year’s ongoing challenges, I find myself reflecting on a previous lesson learnt that may help as we come to the end of the year. 
I recall a day I was leaving for work, bright & dry, with the promise of endless sunshine. The kind of weather that cannot help but bring a smile to one’s face. I headed to my car confident my coat was not going to be required today… 
Whilst sitting in the normal morning rush hour traffic, the blue sky started to disappear and by the time I reached my usual car park spot, some two hundred metres or so from the office it was dark again. An unexpected onslaught of torrential rain appeared, and my thoughts immediately switched to how miserable I was going to be for the next hour after I had made the mad dash from my car to the office. 
 
I took a deep breath, grabbed my laptop bag, and swung the car door open and went for it. A pretty impressive pace, not enough to trouble Usain Bolt but a great job all the same. Basking temporarily in the warm glow of my athletic success I was promptly brought back down to earth as I stood in the office wet from head to toe. 
 
Finally settled at my desk and starting to feel dry once more, my stomach reminded me of the time, 11am, time for a coffee and snack. That is when I had that sinking feeling, that realisation that I had left my lunch and snacks in the car.  
The game show moment of choices spotlighted my dilemma….  
Do I...  
A) Be hungry and irritable for the rest of the day or  
B) Make another mad dash through the unrelenting rain.  
I could almost hear the theme tune of Countdown forcing me to make my decision. 
 
I was starving so the answer was…. B. I steadied myself at the door, got my key ready and went for it! the rain still coming down by the bucket load. I threw my hand out to open my car door , only to then realise that my lunch was on the passenger seat, I reached across the seat , half of my body now hanging out of the car and getting wetter by the minute. 
Finally settled at my desk and starting to feel dry once more, my stomach reminded me of the time, 11am, time for a coffee and snack. That is when I had that sinking feeling, that realisation that I had left my lunch and snacks in the car. 
The game show moment of choices spotlighted my dilemma…. 
Do I... 
A) Be hungry and irritable for the rest of the day or 
B) Make another mad dash through the unrelenting rain. 
I could almost hear the theme tune of Countdown forcing me to make my decision. 
 
I was starving so the answer was…. B. I steadied myself at the door, got my key ready and went for it! the rain still coming down by the bucket load. I threw my hand out to open my car door , only to then realise that my lunch was on the passenger seat, I reached across the seat , half of my body now hanging out of the car and getting wetter by the minute. 
With my Lunch now finally in my hand I started to run back, stopping midway as I had realised in my haste that I had not locked the car. That now sorted, I headed off again, only to drop both my sandwich and my apple.  
 
As apples go, this one had a life of its own and rolled off in the direction of the drain that was overflowing with rain water, whilst the lettuce from my sandwich was now in a boat race with an empty crisp packet all heading in the same direction.  
I finally caught up with my now dirty and bruised apple and slightly floppy sandwich and headed back to the office. 
Once again, I was wet & cold but in a moment of reflection, I realised that in my rush to get out of the rain as quickly as possible I had actually spent longer in the rain than anticipated! It occurred to me that perhaps if I had taken two minutes for myself this morning to consider what I needed to do before I rushed from my car, things might have been different. 
Why did I not consider using the other nearer but slightly more expensive car park today? 
Why did I not have a contingency umbrella in my car at this time of year? 
Why didn’t I see if anyone could help and maybe share an umbrella for that fateful second run? 
 
I guess I was just too busy getting the job done to stop and think it all through more clearly. So, when it starts to rain, don’t be in such a rush to get through it remember to take time, slow down and think it through. You might not get as wet next time. 😊 
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