I tend to be a cautious driver (but also one who’s never had an accident, knock on wood!). I was on a beautiful winding country road where the speed limits were marked at 20 around curves and 35 on the straight parts. A double yellow line indicated that it wasn’t safe to pass. I was cruising along, enjoying the scenery, when a driver came up behind me and stayed about five feet from my back bumper. Looking in the mirror, I could see he was angry. His jaw muscles were bunched up and he made some “hurry-up” gestures at me. Finally he roared around me, in violation of the yellow lines, and disappeared off into the distance. About fifteen miles down the road I came around a curve and saw his car literally sitting on its roof in a ditch. Several people had gathered to help, and a policeman was waving people around. As I crept past I saw the driver standing near the car. This time he had a very different expression on his face. He looked shaken but also transcendent, as if grateful to be alive. I’ve always wondered if he could have learned the lesson in a gentler way.
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – NOVEMBER 30
Ask yourself, “Are there any lessons in my life I could be learning in gentler ways? What would I need to do to learn my life lessons as gently as possible?”
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