Today's entry is from my wife, Julie, and touches on how our focus determines our reality. A view shared by Marcus Aurelius, Buddha, and Qui-Gon Jinn. Thanks Julie!
The air conditioner on my husband's car started not cooling very well several weeks back. It's HOT where we live! Once the decline in cooling was noticeable, I refused to ride in it anymore. It was just sheer misery having to drive around in a hot car with no cool air. My car's air conditioner was fabulously cool in comparison.
We were about to take my husband's car for service, and then my own car's transmission went out. I have a 10 year warranty that covers the transmission, but we've had the most rediculous run-arounds from Hyundai on attempting to get it fixed, which has meant for close to a month we've had only one car and I've been driving my husband's car every day to go to work.
It no longer seems so bad to me. I keep the windows open. In the mornings it's a little humid, but the air is relatively cool and it's kind of pleasant riding with the windows down. In the evenings, it's hot air, but it's a steady amount and even if I'm not as cool as I like, at least I'm not actually sweating.
It seems like suffering can be directly connected to knowing whether or not there's a choice. Nothing about the weather or car has changed in the past month, and if anything it's hotter than it was a month ago. My own brain determined whether or not I would make the choice to suffer.