What a great world it would be if each of us took responsibility for our actions. Can you imagine the refreshing air that would blow through our communities if we gave people the benefit of the doubt, didn’t rush to conclusions, tried not to be offended and in general were just nice to each other?
Many years ago while driving through a rough part of town my wife and I slowed to make a turn and there were 4 young men crossing the road. As we went by one of them reached out and swatted the back-end of our car. My immediate emotion was that of a man who had been assaulted personally and anger and adrenalin coursed through my being. My wife was driving however and she was not about to stop. It is a good thing because I would have most likely been on the bad side of a butt whooping. For several days my mood was altered every time I thought back to that moment when they hit the car. It really bothered me for days.
It all seems so stupid at its very core. I should have been so far above it that I could have just said…”thank you for swatting my car” and gone on about my business. That is a lot easier to say than “thank you for that butt whooping” which was sure to follow had I been at the wheel of the car.
The HighFive Your Life principle has “give and take” at its core… remember, if you cause something that makes “road rage” the next natural most likely event, take a deep breath, give an apology, and take responsibility for your actions. If the other person is the knucklehead, give them a second chance and give them mercy. Somebody needs to be the diffuser of the situation and it takes practice to be able to do it when something really serious happens. Start practicing today. It may seem hard but it is much easier than saying thank you to a butt whooping.
The HighFive Your Life principle is, if you cause something that makes “road rage” the next natural most likely event, take a deep breath, give an apology, and take responsibility for your actions. If the other person is the knucklehead, give them a second chance and give them mercy.
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