A few months ago, I was waiting for the bus by my house. I was on my way to an offsite workshop for work and so had to take the bus to the last stop. While I was waiting, a bus that would only take me half way to my destination arrived. I got on the bus since I was familiar with the driver, since I often rode his bus in the bus in the mornings. Once I got on the bus, I checked my bus tracker app and noticed that the bus I needed was only two minutes away. So I got off the bus after only traveling two stops.
This experience inspired me to write this lesson. Sometimes in life, we may be comfortable and familiar with a relationship we have with someone or something. When that person or thing can no longer support us on our journeys, then it’s time to get off the bus. I was familiar with that bus driver. We would greet each other every time I took his bus. But he couldn’t take me where I needed to go. I had to let go of the familiar in order to reach my destination.
Another important caveat that I took away from this ordeal was that it is better to let go immediately when you notice that a relationship is no longer serving you. If I had gotten off the bus much later or at the halfway point, I would have had to wait much longer for the bus I needed and potentially arrived late to my training.
Once I realized that the driver was nice to me but couldn’t take me where I needed to go, it was time to abort. I am by no means suggesting that you drop someone out of your life immediately because you are going through a trying time. However, I do advise you to assess the situation.
Can this relationship contribute to my growth?
Will this habit help guide me to where I want to go?
If the answer is no, then it’s time for you to “get off that bus!”
When have you realized that it is time to let go of a thought pattern, person, or habit? How did you handle the situation? Let us know in the comment section.
Always & Forever
Forever & Always