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Overcoming Obstacles

Today I did not have my cell phone.  And in an inspiring story of overcoming defeat when faced with an unanticipated obstacle, I brilliantly conquered my dependency on my cell phone.

That’s right, blog, today I figured out how to tell time using the analog clock on the wall instead.  (Drum and cymbals.)

Let me tell you what happened today.

The day started out like any other day, with me rushing out the door with my work bag and my lunch bag and my purse… or so I thought.  (Cue dramatic music.)

Little did I know, I had forgotten my purse.  (Raise volume of dramatic music and then bring dramatic music to abrupt stop.)


(More silence.)

(Look around.)

I didn’t know what to do blog. While I was driving, I glanced over to my regular purse spot, and I thought, “I, uh, guess I forgot my purse.”

Then I thought, “Man. I put my cell phone in my purse.”

(More looking around, some frowning.)

“My wallet is in my purse. I have no money.”


“If I want to buy something today, I must flirt my way into receiving it for free.”


“That probably won’t work. On to plan B – no spending money today.”

(More frowning.)

“My driver’s license is in my purse.  If I get pulled over, I will have nothing to show the officer.”


“Maybe I can say, ‘Officer, I left my purse at home. But I have a driver’s license.  So today, I am driving with a license, figuratively.  Most days, I am driving with a license, literally.’  The officer will be understanding.”


“Or maybe the officer will say, ‘Today you are driving, illegaly.’”

“Focus on your driving. It’s best to not get pulled over today. Drive carefully.”

(Focused driving.)

When I arrived at work, I was too busy to care about all of my important cards left behind in my wallet.  My mind wandered throughout the day, and I soon started to realize the implications of not having my purse.

For example, around 2:30pm, I got a craving for a hot dog. I thought, “I want to buy a hot dog. I will buy a package from the store and heat one up. It will be made of beef. Maybe I will buy relish.”

Then I remembered I didn’t have money, so I moved on to plan B – no hot dog.

Around 6pm I thought about checking the battery life on my phone to see if I would have to charge it on the way to class.  Then I remembered I didn’t have a phone, so I moved on to plan B – do not check battery life on phone.

When I was driving to class, I thought about playing music loudly and weaving in and out of traffic, all the while honking my horn.  Then I remembered that was crazy.

Anyway blog, I’m pleased to report this story has a happy ending. I’m home now, reunited with my purse, my phone, and my wallet.

Published in Thoughtful Reflection


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