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07 January 2011

Beginnings of Flowers of the Sun Commissioned Sunflower Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'Beginnings of Flowers of the Sun'
36 x 36  Oil on Canvas

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  © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2011

BTTJ... that was the acronym that came to mind last night as we drove from home to our first meeting with the Franklin County Art Alliance.  We took CR115 into town to take the south Loop. (Are you impressed? We really do have a south loop.)  At the junction of Interstate 30 and the South Loop is a huge LOVE's TRUCK stop.  What more could a trucker want??? How about a full sized truck car-wash?  That didn't sound right.  How about a full size truck-wash for those 18 wheelers?  As we rounded the corner coming into the intersection there were trucks everywhere. There was a log jam of trucks making a right turn into the Truck wash. Is Thursday WASH YOUR TRUCK DAY?  So we had our first official BTTJ...BIG TRUCK TRAFFIC JAM.  

"Traffic congestion is a condition on road networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing. "

If you think about it we get those BTTJ's in our lives ALL the time.  We actually create all of the traffic jams in our lives.   We are the instigators in our own lives that mess things up to have it 'our way'.  The interference is from within ourselves as we try to maneuver things they way we want them. That is when life becomes a BTTJ...Big Truck Traffic Jam. Once those 18 wheelers get jammed in somewhere, it takes a long time to un-jam them.  

New thought for the new year is NOT to be negative, so can we consider a traffic jam to be a challenge?  Looking back, can you remember all those times where you put yourself into a situation that was not good or you made some bad choices?  You 'gifted' yourself the opportunity of a challenge when you did it... and you are still doing it today.  The power of decision is always your own. You cannot always change what happens to you in life because there are circumstances that come to be that you have no control over.   Your power here is how you react to the BTTJ's in life. Things are only a loss if you view it that way. BTTJ's are only there if you choose to stay in the midst of traffic to live your life.  

God want you to be happy. He wants you to be joyful.  He does not want you out 'driving' in traffic and getting trapped in the world. How long does it take for you to know when not to drive at rush hour?


“[Be Holy] Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” - 1 Peter 1:13

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