Sunday, as I was on the road, I was listening to KQED—our local NPR station. There was a gentleman (Daniel Gilbert) talking about research done on “being happy”; the state of happiness vs. satisfied with life. He used ownership of a car in examples of happiness—I believe the premiss being that for the most part, a new car doesn’t bring happiness… yet we tend to fantasize about owning a new car as a means of attaining happiness.

As I was listening, I realized that I am very grateful for the vehicles we own. They allow me a lot of freedom of movement and save me a lot of time. AND, yes, I find driving to be a meditative practice and an excellent means to practice mindfulness and compassion—especially when that “idiot” cuts in front of me me to merge onto the freeway. 🙂

I think there are a lot of simple things in our life to be grateful for that we might not give much thought to… until they’re gone. You don’t miss the water…