You will find yourself stuck in traffic as all of us do and you may find yourself driving behind someone who is, according to you, driving too slowly. Again, you have a choice, you could rant out screaming, “Why doesn’t the driver in front of me drive faster, I am in a hurry”, or you could choose peace and accept the situation as it is. Perhaps the driver in front of you had just been in a traffic accident herself and is older and wiser and thus more patient and cautious and is in no hurry to get where they want. Maybe you found yourself at that moment in a situation where you were late to a meeting or in a hurry to the sports stadium.
Everyone driving their car in that moment is in a different place in their life, and everyone is at a different pace to get where they are going. Another day, you may be is a relaxed mood and be driving relatively slowly after a peaceful day at the spa. Maybe now there is a person behind you who is rushed and in a hurry and honking their horn. If you remember that the center of the universe is not you and your situation, you can retain composure and simply change lanes and let the driver pass. If he glares at you or gestures angrily towards you, simply be at peace and try to understand and accept that he is in a hurry and you yourself were just as impatient as he was at another time.
Take this time also to learn to increase your sense of patience. Being stuck in traffic when you are in a hurry or late is no fun, but it becomes acceptable if learn to embrace patience and peace instead of trying to change what you cannot. Maybe there was an accident in front of you a mile away. There is no need to be impatient. There is nothing you can do. Perhaps you were once involved in an accident or a broken car or a flat tire where you held up traffic. Wouldn’t it be nicer if you learned to accept life in its entirety and just “go with the flow”?
Sometimes traffic will be smooth, sometimes traffic will be slow. Being stuck in traffic when you are in a rush is an excellent time to practice patience. Don’t worry, you will get where you will go… in time. Maybe you will miss the first inning of the baseball game. But after you find yourself at the end of the game, you will find that you probably forgot all about being late and wouldn’t care anyway. The source of why you were driving is over. Your team either won or lost, and it made no difference if you did not see that first inning of the game. You are not going to care anyway later on. After the game, when you get home, you may even forget if your team won or lost or the highlights of the game. So why were you in such a rush in the first place? Why not extend those thoughts to the entire day, when you start your car and head off towards a destination. It will all be the same and it will all work out in the end.