Love in the driver's seat
Boy, did I get great feedback yesterday! Thank you everyone. Here's a sampling, edited. You can read the entire messages at the bottom of yesterday's posting.
At 10/09/2007 08:10:00 AM, Remembering Truth said...
Thanks for your awesome blog about driving. I'm 18, and when I first started to drive... my dad always taught me to be "patient", "unemotional", and "loving".
He would ALWAYS tell me that I shouldn't drive if I was angry, upset, or frustrated... because it's really easy for "your frustration to overcome your focus on what you should be doing". He would also always tell me to be a "defensive driver"... and NOT an "offensive driver". And by this he meant.... "you're NEVER in 'too much' of a hurry".
So I guess my point is this... my favorite personal spiritual qualities that I always try to focus on (when driving specifically) are "patience", "love", "responding", "unemotional", "principled", "joyous", "unreactionary", and "peaceful".
I'm not a parent, but I've gone through the whole "being taught by a parent thingy" on how to drive... and that's what I've gotten out of it. Thanks to this... I've never gone over the speed limit... and I have never been pulled over by the cops. Which is always a good thing :-)!!!
as Faith Hill sings... "Just breathe..."At 10/09/2007 01:50:00 PM, Emily said...
It really helps...don't hold your breath...I found it helpful to remember that I don't have to wonder if I will have the wisdom to know how to breathe each moment...and that she had all the wisdom she needed to know when to ease into merging traffic, when to ease off the gas, when to surge gently forward into a crosswalk...
I have two things I like to do in traffic (when I remember):
1. If someone cuts me off or makes a foolish move, of course I hit the brakes to keep from hitting him, but then I pause, mentally, and remember that he is not his mistake (rather than calling him a moron or whatever) and that God's children are always "cared for, watched over, loved, and protected," so neither he nor the drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians around him can be harmed by any mistakes he might make.
2. If someone makes an obscene gesture at me -- which happens occasionally -- I respond with a peace sign. It always makes me laugh, and it helps keep my thought elevated so I don't get upset or angry about the other person's rude behavior.
At 10/10/2007 02:00:00 AM, RobertSF said...
One of my fondest memories of my father, with whom I was not close at all, was when I got my learner's permit and he let me drive on the turnpike for over 200 miles to pick up my brother from school. My father slept the whole way and that gave me more confidence and affection for him then anything else he could have done.
My mom also wrote to me and said to remind my son to "emerge gently." Ha!
Thanks again, everyone!
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