Loss of traction

I’m driving down the road, it’s only 28 degrees outside and it’s snowing. My wiper blades are moving at a frantic pace across the windshield and my defroster is working overtime. I’ve got so much heat pumping upwards that I have to roll down my window so as to not be burned alive. I’m trying to keep the dwindling space on the windshield in front of me clean from all of the ice and snow buildup, but there’s already a layer of ice about an inch thick around my wiper blades. I’m having a hard time seeing.

I start climbing up a hill when suddenly there’s a buildup of extra slush on the roadway. For a brief moment my truck and trailer starts to slide as I lose traction. Oh crap, this isn’t good. my truck is going one way but the trailer is sliding the other. Quickly my trucking instincts kick in and I downshift in order to increase my RPMs and regain control. I take my foot off the throttle briefly apply a little bit of brake pressure. If my speed is the problem then I simply have to back off, and increase my RPMs. I regain my traction and make it up the hill. I’m not going to lie it was a little nerve-wracking, but it was also a good reminder about dealing with your life when scenarios might not be going your way.

Here’s what I meean. As I was climbing that hill, I was giving too much gas when my tires hit the slush and lost traction. So instead of gripping the road, they were just spinning non-stop on top of the snow. The more more I pushed on the throttle, the worse the situation got. I had to stop using the throttle and apply the brakes in order to slow the vehicle down and down shift to increase my RPMs so I could regain control of the situation. You can take this example and break it down and apply the lesson to your own life.

When you feel like your life is starting to spin out of control, it’s important to take a step back and stop what you’re doing. Take a moment and examine everything that is going on around you and identify any behaviors or actions that could be influencing or driving the parts of your life that you feel are unmanageable and out of control. Now stop. Once you’ve identified the behaviors that help encourage chaos, make a commitment to yourself to do things differently and to develop habits and behaviors that directly lead to a more positive and healthy you. I believe that taking charge of your own actions and being aware of your own behaviors is the first step towards makeing real positive change.

In my last post I talked about everything that I want to do differently in the new year. Well I was thinkng about all those changes and how I got to be in such a situation where big changes are necessary. I needed to slow down for a second and really look at everything that I was doing with my life and admit to all of the problems and negative habits that I had formed and that were holding me back. I’m not going to get healthier if I don’t exercise and keep eating junk food… in other words if I don’t slow down, I will slide off the road because of the ice.

Thanks for following me on my Orthodox Trucker adventures. don’t forget to downshift, and I’ll see you next time.

-Orthodox Trucker

I love winter driving, don’t you?

3 thoughts on “Loss of traction

  1. Ha! Well, I think it’s only fitting that a truck driver has such a positive attitude about winter driving, but no, I personally don’t love it. I love hearing your perspective and your stories, though!


  2. Hi Ian (my son’s name is Ian!). No, I emphatically do NOT like winter driving, though it does provide some good opportunities for prayer!! This is such a good illustration about going off track spiritually and reorienting one’s self. Thank you for sharing it.

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