If you've ever had a driver's license, surely you recall drivers ed. Who can forget the feeling of slipping behind the wheel at last, adjusting the seat, and feeling the steering wheel under slightly sweaty palms? Fasten your seatbelt. Check the mirrors. Double check your blind spot.
Blind spot? Who's idea was that? They're tricky things, blind spots. You look over your shoulder, you're paying attention, and still there's an area you just can't quite pull in to your field of vision. They're something that shouldn't be overlooked, and with good reason. Blind spots can really mess you up.
There are blind spots in life, too. Our experiences shape us, they shape our worldview, and they shape our blind spots - those areas that we don't know need our attention, because we're so busy keeping our eyes on the prize.
Whatever it is that is laid out on the road ahead of us gets our attention, and what's in our blind spot gets ignored until there's - crash - a reason to look.
What kinds of things creep up on us in our blind spots? Fear hangs out in our blind spots. Anger likes to boil up seemingly out of nowhere and ride along there.
What's a good driver on the road of life to do with these tricky spaces? We'll always have them. Really, we will - they're something of a design flaw in human beings. Or are they? Can it be that they're there for a reason? Maybe they're there to remind us that there's more to life than what we can see ahead of us. Or perhaps they're there to help us remember to look over our shoulder every so often so we can see how far we've come.
What do you think? Have you checked your blind spot lately? Go ahead, take a look.
And notice what happens.