One thing that you can count on at least couple of times a day in my hometown of Chicago is rush hour traffic. It really needs to be re-named rush hours. It seems that never have so many people been in such a hurry to get somewhere at the same time since the Oklahoma land rush. And tens of thousands of urbanites and suburbanites routinely battle it… twice a day.

A couple of questions arise. First of all, what’s the hurry? Secondly, whatever happened to the theory of the almost forgotten 80’s… that “flex time” was coming to make our lives more pleasant and manageable for commuting employees and working moms, etc.? I guess that concept flew out the back window along with the metric conversion… the movement that was going to simplify our lives and make us more like our European neighbors, which was also right around the corner… but it too, never came. Must have been that pushback that we Americans are known for when it comes to changing habits. 

Rather than spending the time and energy being upset over something that is totally out of our control, we should choose to adapt to our environment and get creative. Use your commute time in the car, bus or train to learn a new language, listen to motivational audio, or enjoy a good novel. It’s making the most of what some folks see as a bad situation.

A friend of mine is a classic “Type A” personality and a CEO of a large corporation who is constantly on the phone at the office, so he chose to dare to be different and maintains to 70-minute drive to the office as his sanctuary time. It is his personal escape. Imagine a person who actually says no to cell phone conversations made or taken during this quiet time. He’s working on learning Japanese and his personal space has turned his personal vehicle as a place to learn. Abraham Lincoln once said that, “he has little respect for a man who is not smarter today than he was yesterday.” Ask yourself what we used to ask our children… what did you learn in school today?

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    The Chapel,  Mundelein
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    Wrigley Field,  Chicago


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