Life in the Fast Lane
So, we all know the basic tenets of living a long and healthy life, but let’s go through the top 5 for a quick refresher:
- No smoking
- Consuming alcohol in moderation
- Exercise moderately
- Eat a healthy diet
- Keep your weight under control
The message is relatively simple; your future is in large measure determined by your life choices.
If we can all add one life choice to the list, we have a pretty good chance of minimizing unwelcome events. My contribution to the list is driving an automobile while always practicing mindfulness.
There are over 260 million registered vehicles in the United States. Statistics show 5.8 million traffic crashes occur annually, and 37000 people die in those accidents. Last year, there were 1231 traffic fatalities in New York State alone. In addition to the senseless loss of life, the economic costs are more than 230 billion dollars annually. Public revenue pays for approximately 9 percent of all motor vehicle crashes, while the remaining costs to the taxpayers equate to 21 billion dollars a year.
There are three types of bad drivers: the aggressive, the unaware driver, and the angry driver. We are all familiar with the aggressive types- they are the ones that cut you off, tailgate, honk, flash their high beams, change lanes without signaling, speed and make driving for the rest of us a harrowing experience. Then we have the unaware driver that just spaces out- they fidget with the radio, the navigation, they sightsee, text on their phones and are oblivious to their surroundings. The most dangerous of all are the angry drivers; they are out there on the road ready to let you know they own it, so stay clear. All of these distractions or this emotional chaos goes on while traveling at high speeds, in congested traffic with pedestrians crossing in the middle of the street while looking down texting on their cell phones.
It makes you wonder how we can get from point A to point B safely in a car or by standing in close proximity to one for that matter. So what is the answer to this dilemma? Attitude! Leave it home, lock it in the glove compartment, or take public transportation. It is pretty much the same rule of thumb for work; leave the attitude at the door. Your co-workers should never have to deal with your anger, your wrath, your moodiness or anything other than a positive mental attitude. We all owe that to each other. It makes work a lot more palatable, don’t you think? When you choose to get behind the wheel of a car, you have a responsibility to do everything you can to ensure that your safety, your passenger’s safety and the safety of fellow drivers is paramount to anything else on your mind.
I will close with this quote: “The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present!
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