Even though the weather was beautiful today and the Mrs. & I were able to spend some quality time together, there were still a few projects that needed to be done. One of those was to install the replacement reverse camera on my Honda Accord (fun project… I know).
Over the past few months, the view on the dashboard screen had become increasingly cloudy until it eventually was just black. Sure, you could still see the guidance lines, but everything else was dark forcing me to resort to the old fashioned way of backing up my car; turning my head.
I know. I can hear it now, ‘Oh no Brad, you may have to look back when going in reverse like they taught you in Driver’s Ed!…’ I’ll admit, it was a throw-back to the old days when I didn’t have that convenient camera to rely on keeping me from running over someone, or into something, I shouldn’t.
Thanks to YouTube and eBay, I was able to get the OEM part for a fraction of the cost and install it myself within only a few short minutes. That first look into the dashboard screen was nothing less than nirvana!
Without even realizing it, I had become totally dependent on that little camera’s view behind me. I realized just how much the rearview is crucial to the safety of all those around me. Though it’s a small piece of equipment, it makes a big difference in my ability to drive safely.
It occurred to me that, when our view of the past becomes cloudy, or even forgotten, our future safety can be endangered. Whether that view of the past includes things that were painful or joyful, they can all teach us something which will help us to become better, and safer, as we move through our lives.
It may be the memory of a parent, or grandparent, doing something silly, teaching us to put the lid back on the milk carton, or just the loving care of a friend. All of them accumulate into who we are now. Rather than putting the past completely behind us, if we allow ourselves to learn from, not only the good memories, but the mistakes made by us, and others, seeing the good even in the bad, we will be better for it.
Hopefully, your rear camera is clear tonight. If not, I encourage you to be open to re-evaluating some of those things you’ve put aside from the past to see where you may find a good lesson to glean from, or, to see where your vision may be clouded from unforgiveness. Forgiveness for those who’ve hurt us in the past will help open the door for us to new relationships, peace of heart, and fulfillment. It will help us to keep that rearview clean and clear making the road ahead safer for ourselves, and, for others…