During the Christmas holiday I had the opportunity to travel west to see family and friends. While there I found myself back on the familiar freeways I drove daily to get to and from work and was reminded of the commute. When you think of commuting to work in Southern California what comes to mind first is traffic and attempting to avoid it at all cost. But as I drove my old route I realized I missed the commute. Why? Because the commute gave me space to think, to step away and to regroup before arriving at work in the morning or at home in the evening.
I don’t want you to get the wrong impression – I wasn’t missing it so bad I wanted to move far from campus for a commute! But it did get me thinking. There is value in a commute. It allows opportunity to find space in your day. To prepare for or unwind from your day. It creates space. The power of the commute is space. Do you ever need space? Space for reflection, rest, and renewal. Space to create, imagine and vision.
I have been reading through the New Testament this year and I am amazed at how often Jesus goes to find space for prayer, reflection and rest. I bet he would have loved to have had a commute. Space for him to get ahead of the crowds that somehow found him each time.
If there is value in the commute then why do we struggle to add that time into our schedules each day unless we have to? What if we lived with some measure of commute time built into our lives?
As I think about our students, staff and faculty I can recognize the pace and load they carry each day and I am thankful. But I wonder how we are doing with our space quotient – our commute time. The time we move between one piece of our life to the next, one class to another, one conversation to another.
Life with commute space requires work. Maybe we need to add a little commute time to our lives? Join me in adding a little commute to your day. Cars not required!