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Oct102016

Driving Madness

I was driving into town last week and some fella was going bananas behind me. He was flashing his lights and riding right up to my bumper. My first reaction is to do a quick systems check - right speed, indicators, etc. All just as it needs to be. 

At the lights, this guys is so close I can see the whites of his eyes and he having a barmy, raging at me from his big 4x4.

I’m amused, he’s putting on quite a show with so much enthusiasm into his arm waving, visible cursing, jumping about in the driver’s seat. The man was going to give himself a heart attack!

Just after the lights I pull over and let him pass, he’s obviously in a hurry. I would like to assume he had a good reason for the urgency, and I’m not about to stand in his way. I follow him for the next 5 kms and he did the same to the next driver. 

All that anger and animation got him one car ahead of me - no further. I wonder if he registers what he’s doing to himself and the possible effect it has on others. 

Friends assured me that this driving behaviour was quite common on the daily commute.

 

Really?!! Are people sitting in their ‘shiny metal boxes’ ranting and raving at complete strangers?

(Maybe I have been living out of the city too long.) 


It seems bizarre that we would work ourselves into such a state and all before 10am. Can you imagine how it affects their day? And, dare I say it, how it impacts their health.

Whether it’s anger, frustration or worry - these emotional states take up so much energy and effort that we are usually left feeling quite exhausted.

 I know when I’m angry, even for a few a few moments, it takes me a long while to come right. After which I’m so spent I can hardly find the strength to crack a smile.

Like yourself, I get annoyed, outraged and, yes, I even worry. Yet, I’ve found it takes less out of me when I reframe the situation. I look for possibilities and then I distract myself with something else, something more pleasurable. 

Instead I take the attitude: “I’ll worry about it when I get there or when it happens”, because if I didn’t I would drive myself out of my mind and be a tired, grumpy sod.

Not much fun for anyone!

Why would I choose to do that to myself?


Yes, I said choose! Didn’t mum say “you have to pick your fights”? Picking when to be cross and when to worry is a choice thing. Some things are just not worth the energy, especially when that it can be used somewhere more delightful.

So crank up the radio and sing your heart out. If some irate driver comes your way, wave, let him through and wish him well. It’s his choice to be angry and you can choose differently.

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