Driving Me Healthy!
Driving has this amazing ability to create crazy behavior in seemingly normal people. Some people drive too fast, some too slow; others cut people off, run red lights, and roll through stop signs. It is very easy to bring out the worst in people by driving. But today, as I drove in the rain (which creates a heightened driver craziness), I found some Unexpected Health insights from being behind the wheel.
As I have mentioned before, driving can elicit quite a few unhealthy behaviors, primarily as a consequence of the stress that driving induces. But the unexpected health in driving comes from what we all look at, gawk at, make fun of, and sometimes, be inspired by…bumper stickers. When I was stopped at a stoplight today, I noticed the bumper sticker in front of me: “Practice Random Acts of Kindness.” I have noticed this bumper sticker before, but every time I see it, I am challenged to be a better person, and having visual reminders to continually be better is healthy.
It is easy to get caught up in our own lives, our own agendas, and all of the places we need to be and things we need to accomplish. When this happens (and it happens to all of us), we so easily miss what’s right in front of us. So, amazing little nudges–like bumper stickers–force us to remember where our focus should be. Now of course, we’ve all seen those bumper stickers that are a little outlandish, a little over the top, and some that are downright offensive. Even these are healthy because if nothing else, they give us a good laugh as we wonder, “Who in the world would put THAT on their car?”.
So the next time you are driving, don’t worry about the long traffic lights; ignore the slow driver in front of you; forget about the person who just cut you off. Look at what messages you are given from the bumper in front of you. Maybe it’s exactly what needed to grab your attention that day. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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