What Parking at Costco Can Teach Us About Our Business, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey

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If you know me or have read anything I share, you know I look for the lessons in everyday life. I wrote a comment on a Facebook post by Dave Gambrill Saturday (excellent resource for business leaders, by the way):

We were just at Costco a couple days ago. We parked about as far from the building as possible. It’s our normal choice just for a bit of exercise, but as we neared the building, I realized it’s SAFER and more efficient to park out there. Closer to the building, there are anxious, frustrated people all vying for your parking space, and when you try to pull in or out of that space, you have to wait for all the auto and walking traffic to get by. Where we park, few want to be there. It’s rare that there aren’t plenty of open spaces, and when we want to pull in or out of a space, there’s no wait.

I think we can learn business, emotional, and even spiritual lessons from this brief scenario.


Sometimes taking a less crowded and unconventional approach can lead to surprisingly amazing results. Parking farther away from the entrance seems counterintuitive, but it’s a strategic choice that provides smoother navigation and less competition. Similarly, in your business, consider unconventional strategies that might set you apart from the crowd and lead to more efficient outcomes. Become an out-of-the-box thinker for better success.


The analogy of parking speaks to the importance of choosing your emotional battles. The chaotic, competitive atmosphere closer to the entrance can be likened to high-stress situations in life. By opting for a calmer, less crowded space, you’re making a conscious decision to minimize unnecessary stress and frustration. Likewise, in your personal life, prioritize your emotional well-being by choosing battles wisely and avoiding unnecessary conflicts. When situations seem overwhelming, step back and determine your path forward. Choose how you will respond by considering the cost of your options.


This parking experience aligns with a spiritual principle of seeking your peaceful and purposeful path. Just as we found a serene parking spot away from the chaos, spiritually, you can find tranquility by stepping away from the noise and focusing on your God-designed purpose. In scripture, there’s a call to be “in the world, but not of the world,” and this can be mirrored in your choice to be in the bustling world while maintaining a sense of spiritual peace and purpose. That kind of peace is found only in a relationship with Jesus.

Remember, even in the seemingly mundane moments like finding a parking space at a busy store, there are insights that can guide your business, emotional, and spiritual journey. As you continue on your path of personal development and growth, these lessons can help you build a life worth living and a legacy worth leaving.

Faye Bryant

Faye Bryant is an author, coach, and speaker who helps individuals escape the lies of the enemy, live into God’s truth, and build a better life by first feeling, dealing, and healing their way through a stuck future or an abused past, toward a deeper path of purpose, and into the unhackable life of their chosen legacy. Hers is a story of resurrection: from death to life!

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