Is that pushy driver me?

Have you ever been stuck in slow traffic, crawling at 5 to 10mph, on a ramp leading to a highway? Maybe it’s just typical morning rush-hour, maybe road construction. I, for one, have most definitely been there. Curiously, this mostly happens when I am in a rush to get somewhere, and am about to run late.

I am probably number twenty in queue when I spot a car from a neighboring lane trying to cut me off and get ahead. What should I do? If I am not in a rush (rarely,) I may smile and let that other driver in. Otherwise the following are possible scenarios: look for eye contact with that pushy driver, while continuously cursing in several languages, including ones I didn’t even know I can speak; avert my eyesight from that driver while quickly closing the distance to the car in front of me, so the bastard cannot squeeze in.
Now let’s take a trip to a distant city, state or country. Here I am, driving a car in an unfamiliar territory. There is a line of cars to my right, moving ever so slowly, while I am sailing at full speed happily on my way. Suddenly, what is this? A sign indicates that the entrance to the highway I was seeking is only via that packed right lane. Oh boy, the cars on that track are queued way back. I cannot reverse and join the queue. All I can do is hope for a gracious driver to let me cut in…

Yes, I know – many of those who cut into such lanes are anything but innocent drivers caught up by surprise. They are just people who feel privileged for taking a shortcut at the expense of others; much like some of our corrupt bankers and politicians.
Regardless, the question I would like to train myself to ask is not who they are but rather, more importantly: how am I affected by my choices and actions? How will the rest of my drive feel? The rest of my day?

Learned from: lessons from the road.

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About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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