Old gas station by Franco Folini
You never know where inspiration will strike. Today is was a news item from my Yahoo home page. How could gas prices be a good thing you ask? It provides an unexpected benefit by helping to slim down 15% of your fellow Americans. In the story, they point out that rising fuel prices will have more people walking and cycling to work. Even those that take the Metro or other public transportation can expect to reap the benefits of an extra 30 minutes a day of exercise just by walking to and from the station.
Now on the face of it, this may seem silly. So what if a few people lose a few pounds, some of us don’t have a choice and we have to pay more for food and other consumer goods. True enough. However, I’m not trying to portray high gas prices as a great boost to the country; I’m just trying to find something in it to be happy about instead of another complaint.
Isn’t it nice to know that even in the most inconvenient of circumstances you can find something good? This certainly made me feel a bit better. Plus it got me thinking – does this mean standing in line (or running up and down the checkouts searching for the shortest line) is helping me lose weight? What a wonderful bonus!
It reminds me of how sad I can get when I think of my family and friends living in so many different parts of the country. But, if we weren’t spread out, I probably wouldn’t email as much. I wouldn’t use the computer to send free e-card greetings, and I certainly would have never started this blog and met all of you.
What a wonderful outlook this simple article provided. What positives can you find in your problems today?