Everybody's talking. Few are listening. Whatever the issue may be, there is always a litany of viewpoints - we should do this - we should do that- SOMEBODY should do something, anything, to fix the problem!
I am a strong believer in finding the first person to attack any particular problem by looking in the mirror. I always want to know what I can do to advance the cause(s) I believe in.
As you can probably tell by the title of this blog series, "Give Me a Brake," the cause I want to strongly promote is a safer environment on the road.
Everyone of us has something to contribute to highway safety. Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, even children playing near a street, are all able to impact a safer, more human friendly roadway experience.
We are all humans on the path of life, trying to make our way from here to there on the road of life. Just because we are encased in the steel monstrosity of a vehicle does not mean we are somehow transformed into a subhuman existence. We are dealing with fellow human beings in life. Do you really want to inflict pain or anguish on another human?
Everyday you, me and the guy next door has a chance to show courtesy, compassion and tolerance by the way we conduct ourselves in traffic.
Yield the right of way out of courtesy when possible. Expect the unexpected so you are less likely to react aggressively when someone cuts in front of you, fails to signal appropriately or does something else you may consider to be poor driving. Most people are not out to get you, they are just trying to get from here to there, same as you.
If you're not in a vehicle, watch out for them. Don't expect them to watch out for you. You have no idea who is behind the wheel of a vehicle. Don't expect them to place your safety first. Take care of yourself. Simple to say, don't play in traffic.
Everyone of us can impact the world around us. We speak with our actions more strongly than with our words.
What do you want your actions to say about you?