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The head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten.

Another man was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off on time.

Another was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident and his life was spared.

One missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.

One’s car wouldn’t start.

One went back to answer the telephone.

One had a child that dawdled and didn’t get ready as soon as he should have.

One couldn’t get a taxi.

One that really struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning. Before he got to the Towers he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That’s why he is alive today.

Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone… all the little things that annoy me I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment.


Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can’t seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light, do not get mad or frustrated. God may be at work watching over you.
—  via @wizdomly

Day 98

This is the view from my seat in a rickety old bus speeding at 85mph up the New Jersey Turnpike toward Port Authority in New York City.

After a weekend of house- and cat-sitting, I (reverse) commuted from Brooklyn to my office in New Jersey by bus. It’s a bit taxing, and I’m sure it’d take some getting used to, but I think I could handle this four days a week.

Besides, riding buses like this reminds me of traveling in England, especially when I traveled to and from the airports. Even more so when it’s cold and rainy!

This driver is just crazy. Not only is he weaving in and out of traffic, but cruising by an accident with a car flipped over left him undeterred. His unflappable lead foot may actually get me to my lease signing on time. Or at least, not too late. That is, unless he careens us over the edge of a bridge doing 90mph first!