The cruise control feature in my car is a wonderful invention! I set the control to the speed limit—I’m not interested in any speeding tickets—and the car moves smoothly along the highway. I enjoy looking at the scenery as I travel. And there’s a side benefit to the driving on cruise control: I get to exercise my feet during the drive!
On a recent trip from Los Angeles to La Jolla, I had one of those rare moments where I could use cruise control on this drive. What a pleasure! All that time at a steady speed got me thinking…
Or I might not be able to stop at the View Point turnout to watch the birds fly swiftly to their perch on the sign pole.
Or I might miss my exit to the next highway—which really happened!
What else would I miss while driving on cruise control?
What would happen if I could set my life on cruise control? It’s awfully tempting. I’d move along smoothly, not take any detours, and avoid challenging roads. I could enjoy the scenery. It would be easy to move from one task to the next. There wouldn’t be any annoying occurrences. I could simply take in the sights and exercise gently.
But what would I miss?
I’d miss the turnouts that provide wonderful views and new perspectives. I’d miss the stop at the out-of-the-way picnic area that taught me how to ask for help. I’d miss interacting with interesting people as we fly around our days, sometimes perching at a café for coffee and conversation.
I’d miss LIFE.