I think we reveal quite a bit of our real selves when we are in traffic.
Traffic provides us with a unique scenario. A zillion people together in the same physical space trying to attain their own individual objectives.
Our encounter with other human beings while in traffic is wonderfully innocent. We do not have a history together, no baggage. There are no expectations for a future. The relationship we share with a stranger in traffic is devoid of any possible WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) factor.
Traffic provides an opportunity for interaction with others where nothing is at stake, there is nothing to lose and nothing to gain.
In such a unique situation, what are we up to? The answer I believe will reveal quite a bit about our ‘real’ selves. What part of our ‘self’ do we express when faced with this unique advantage-less situation?
Here is a never-before opportunity to be generous, kind, forgiving, happy, grateful.
Do we take it?
Traffic can be such a wonderful teacher about who we choose to be and which part of us we choose to bring forth.
This evening, while going back home… Check that rearview mirror and notice the teeming mass of humanity you are a part of.
What are you up to?