I’ve been indulging in some drive-by musings: mulling over the lessons learned while driving.
I wrote a snarky post two years ago on wisdom from the road well travelled. I’m in a more contemplative frame of mind now: There’s a lot to learn while on the road, with potential lifelong applications.
Only when we’re stuck can we see the things we normally breeze past.
DC’s traffic is considered the worst in the nation. My impatience grows when I realize that I’m going to be late due to traffic. Being “in the moment” is the last thing on my mind. But when I recalibrate my perspective…
- I see construction projects where there would be a blur of noise and men in neon vests and jersey walls.
- I catch more than a glimpse of roadside flowers, struggling against the odds of concrete and strong winds and yet holding their own.
- I take the time to look at other cars, admiring models, colors, and shapes that normally would be nothing more than competition on the road.
As Jeff Goins notes in his new book, The In-Between: “The slower times contain a wealth of wisdom for us to tap into, but only when we recognize them.”
UPS drivers make right turns more than 90 percent of the time
I’ve been looking at the UPS drivers on my route, and it’s true. It saves them time and gas and is safer than attempting many left turns. I think that preaches all by itself. If we take the right (correct) turn at crucial intersections in life, we position ourselves to save time and energy and to ensure our protection.
Theodore Roosevelt is credited with saying: “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing.” He (and UPS) might be on to something!
Stay in your lane!
Ever been driving behind someone who’s obviously distracted and isn’t centered in the lane? She might be veering more to one side of the road, and you find yourself doing the same. I’ve had to learn to genuinely stay in my lane, which is how I ought to be driving. And living. The fact that people are ahead of me on the road (of life) doesn’t automatically make them a leader; i.e. someone whose behavior I should follow. That’s just their current position. I need to be clear in my mind as to what my position is, and maintain it.
Do the right thing
Few things are more aggravating than having to drive behind someone who slows you to the right speed. Everyone else is doing 65 miles per hour on the 55 mph highway, and here’s bruh-bruh being a Dudley Do-Right, clocking in at 55 mph when you have places to go and things to see! I’m like: Really, son?
But, guess what? Son is operating the way I ought to be. The fact that everyone else is doing 65 mph doesn’t mean I should be. So, don’t be getting salty with bruh-bruh in your mind because he’s doing the right thing. He just might be the Holy Spirit’s prod to get your act together!
What lessons are you learning on the road? Have you been applying them to other aspects of your life?