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  • Writer's pictureShannon Duskie

Carwash Contemplation

There are two types of people in the world. People who wash their car regularly. People who wash their car because they can’t see out of their windshield anymore and their three year old keeps pointing out all of the bugs stuck to the front of the car. I’m the latter.

I drove through the carwash this morning because there’s a large mass of either bird poop or dead bug on my windshield right smack in the center of my vision. I can’t tell you how long it’s been there - but long enough for me to take notice and think, perhaps I should wash my car!

Since I had time this morning, I did just that. The thought of manually washing it with the power washer absolutely came to mind. It’s cheaper. I could do it. But it’s cold. So I spent $8 on the cheapest option for the automatic car wash.

On the drive over to Beloit, I set my intentions for the day. ONE THING AT A TIME. Too often, I get caught up in trying to do too many things at once and then I end up not knowing what the hell I’m even doing. So when I say ONE THING AT A TIME… I mean ONE THING. Driving with no music or audio book or podcast. Going throughout my day with focus on whatever is in front of me rather than thinking about the next thing. It’s HARD. You get me, right?

So I drive into the carwash and pull out my kindle. I’ll just read a little bit of my book while I wait for the carwash. A few sentences in, I remember ONE THING AT A TIME. I power it off and stick it back in my bag and watch while the water and soap fill the windshield.

Surely the automatic car wash will get that spot…the one staring me in the face, taunting me each time I sit in the driver's seat. The carwash runs its full course. The spot is still there. It got me thinking.

What spot am I not seeing that is hindering my vision?

Have I identified it? Do I see it? How long will it be there until I decide to wash it off?

When I decide to wash it off, am I willing to do the work that it takes to clear it?

I chose the $8 carwash even though a free windshield wash while I filled up with gas would’ve done the trick.

What are you buying thinking it’s going to solve your problems? Are you willing to put in the work that it takes to do so?

After this revelation; I decided Camilla needed her insides cleaned out too. I vacuumed the week old Cheez-its out of the car seats and Cheerios off the floor. I threw away the dirty-pee-diaper in the passengers side door.

When we are willing to do the work that it takes to identify the spot, clear it and clean out our insides, magic happens!

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