Driving to the Denver Tech Center this morning in rush hour traffic, I began to mentally write this post. The big white Ford truck tailgating me inspired me. At first I was simply wondering if he was cleaning out my tailpipe back there. Then I found myself wondering if he wanted me to just hit the person in front of me to move them out of the way because the laws of physics were preventing me from getting any closer to them. As he was whipping it into the other lane causing an 18 wheeler to slam on his brakes, I congratulated myself because that guy has worse road rage than I do.
Then it slowly sunk into my thick skull that I was missing an opportunity to spread some love by having a bad attitude about traffic. They say that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Ok, let’s apply this saying to Colorado traffic. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So traffic causes negative reactions – like horn honking, going from 0 to 60 in 2 seconds and slamming on your brakes, or even giving another driver the finger. (And if you’re sitting there reading and thinking that you’ve never given a fellow driver the finger, I nominate you for sainthood.) These are all negative reactions to a negative situation brought about by my attitude. Because I am wallowing in self-pity and am impatient, I fail to see the positive in my traffic situation.
What on earth can be positive about traffic? The answer is simple. When I sit in traffic in the mornings and in the afternoons, I have 2 opportunities every day to love my fellow man. By seeing traffic as an opportunity for positive actions on my part instead of a hellish daily nightmare, I no longer feel nearly as stressed out as I felt when I saw it as a negative experience.
I’m challenging you to show some highway love with me. Let the person merge onto the highway in front of you. Don’t honk your horn when the person in front of you won’t get off of their cell phone. Just try to find opportunities to show some love even if the people in traffic with you have no idea what you are doing. The people that you work with will thank you. Let’s thrive in traffic by having a positive mindset.