When I was eighteen and starting driving more
than just to work and back home, I was counselled to never let my gas tank go below half-full. I remembered his advice, and when on road trips I also used to keep track of spaces on the highways in the USA where there were fewer gas stations.
I believe there was one area south of Bakersfield, CA on the interstate #5 where I noticed there were no gas stations for nearly 175 miles so I temporarily took a different highway.
Instead of going through the mountains there on the interstate I went around to the east through a number of small towns and on the map it was 50 miles shorter, bonus! , plus felt more relaxed.
Today I am thinking about gas tanks,
and I remember that running out of gas is a stressful mind space to be in. Ever since I was nearly stranded on a gravel road out of gas, I am more aware of my gas tank. That one time, my gas tank had been hovering below empty for ten minutes. It’s all I could think about! The last 30 minutes of that drive on back roads had me tight like a guitar string. Finally I found a gas station but by then I was all tense and, super stressed. I pledged that day I would avoid that feeling from then on, and be more careful.
What if I had a “calm” tank or an “empathy” tank?
I haven’t heard the sound for a long time, but in some cars when the gas tank gets really low, there is a “bong” and a light on the dashboard. A warning to catch my attention.
I could use a warning to remind me when my calm tank needs a walk in nature.
I could use that alert also to remind me to refill my “empathy” tank, and give more understanding.
I don’t usually go below a quarter of tank in my car,
I fill up with gas around then and as a consequence I don’t need to look at the gas gauge for at least a few days. Yay ! A full tank leaves me relaxed, and more confident while driving, one less thing to be concerned about.
I think that is where checking my Calm tank, and Empathy tank periodically makes sense. – I am going to be more conscious of my calm tank, and empathy gauge.
If they are getting low, I will heed the gauge warnings and refill quickly.
Thank you for visiting “Life and Random Thinking” today – definitely filing this one away under the category “Thinking Out Loud“. – hugs! – David