Kindness while driving is something we often see – along with intentional rudeness – on our nations roads. I have no idea why otherwise normal Americans will suddenly act in an unkind and hateful way once he or she gets behind the wheel of a car, but many do. Perhaps it is the relative anonymity that being in a car allows, but some Americans who would never be disrespectful or cruel to a person’s face have no problem being rude when driving. Some people act as though they are in such a hurry to get where they are going that it baffles me why they don’t just leave sooner. Instead they tailgate, cut others off, weave in and out of traffic, speed, and then make obscene hand gestures to other drivers who are annoying them. I say this as someone who likes to drive somewhat fast myself, yet no matter how frustrated I find myself on the road I still manage to remain courteous. One test of a man’s character is how he reacts when frustrated. Can you remain kind towards others even when frustrated? If not then are you really a kind person who is making the world a better place? Remember our earlier lesson: Just because you feel a certain way does not mean you have to act a certain way. Be kind anyway. If we truly believe that kindness and grace can change the world (and I do) then we must act as though kindness and grace is important, even when we don’t feel like being kind. Kindness is important because it is the foundation of empathy, and ultimately leads to the principles of non-violence and peace championed by Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
Kindness seems like such a little thing, but it leads to big things. So act kind, always.
Even on the road.