Driving with Audra

After years of being your driver, today you were my driver. What a milestone! Just so you know, Nonna usually finds it difficult to relax when someone else is behind the wheel. However, no such thing happened… your driving left me totally at ease!

Like everything in life this gives me an opportunity to share words of wisdom. Don’t roll your eyes! It is not about how to drive, rather it is about developing a driving attitude that will help keep you safe on the roads.

I know I don’t have to worry about you texting and driving–you are too smart to do that. But then again, there are a lot of drivers out there who aren’t as smart as you. So we drive defensively, keeping alert and being prepared for the unexpected.

A huge concern is road rage. People are stressed, in a hurry, and many of them are angry. They probably haven’t looked at themselves clearly enough to identify and deal with the real cause of the anger.   So what ends up happening is they project their anger outward on the world; and when they are behind the wheel their anger is often directed on other drivers.

The lesson for us is to pay attention to our own attitude when driving. If someone cuts in front of you, how do you handle it? What about the person behind you who hits the horn if you don’t start through the green light fast enough for them? Or the one who tailgates because you are driving the posted speed limit?

Simple answer is to be accepting and forgiving. Say a simple prayer, “I am willing to forgive this.” Or say get in the habit of saying the Hawaiian Healing Prayer, “I love you. I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” It truly does work miracles. I suggest this because we just don’t know what is going on with the other person. Perhaps he is in a hurry to get to the hospital to see a dying loved one… or late to pick up her child. Sure, it could be that he has real anger issues or could even be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The point is that you just don’t know so forgive and let it go.

Many people blame anyone or anything for the cause of their anger, however,  I have worked with enough people on anger issues that I believe all anger is really SELF anger.  It is just projected outward because the person doesn’t know any better.  We can’t change them, but we can say the prayer. Or send Reiki! If nothing else, it keeps you calm and relaxed.  Try it you’ll be amazed!

Love you bunches,

Nonna

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