My daughter and husband walk together to the bus stop each morning. Dad and daughter share stories and laugh as they walk the 200m to the bus stop. A few days ago, I got a phone call from my husband saying the school bus wasn’t coming because there was a mechanical problem. I offered to drive my daughter to school and drop my husband off at a bus stop which was about a fifth of the way to his work.
So, we all piled into my car. My daughter asked if we could give a ride to her friend. Agreed and we set off to collect the friend. As I was contemplating taking a left or right where two streets met trying to figure out which stop to pick up my daughter’s friend, I noticed that I had not considered giving way to another car. I stopped immediately and let the other guy pass, not before he rattled off an expletive at me. I focussed on my driving, collected my daughter’s friend and got everybody to their destinations before I gave the other driver a moment of my thinking time.
I started laughing because nobody had ever sworn at me like he did. I blessed him and his car, thanked God that we were all safe.
I have a routine that I go through before I drive – something that I learnt from Louise Hay’s teachings, and it helps me. I bless my car and all other cars on the roads. I also bless all the passengers in my car, all the other drivers, pedestrians, motor cyclists, bicyclists, pets etc., with whom I could be sharing the roads. I also bless myself and say to myself that I am a good driver. It works for me – I stay calm whilst driving.