Driving etiquet

I had an “interesting” experience after leaving a PTA meeting recently. As I got in my car to leave and the exit line of cars was forming quickly, an older woman decided she needed to get out next. As she sped through the parking lot at about 30 miles an hour to get in line in front of my car, she made sure not to look my way and stay as close to the bumper of the car in front of her as possible.

I know we have all experienced this type of issue before. This was a PTA meeting. I have seen this on the commute home, in church parking lots after a service or after concerts. I had to laugh because she didn’t get out of the parking lot that much quicker than I did. I even let three people get in front of me.  Is this really a skill we need to perfect?  Being the first out of a parking lot.  Is that something to put on a resume?

This shows me that many people are only looking out for themselves. If they would just take a moment and be civil to the many other people in this big world, they may find that the benefits are great. All the cars in the parking lot were going to get out. The question was how stressful was it going to be?  We don’t have to let things like this stress us out. We just treat each other decently and we find a peacefulness comes over our lives. Try it you may like it.


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You can’t control stupidity

Have you had days that people just seemed to be extra stupid? Did you let it frustrate/annoy you?  I know I have.

So many times situations occur that involve people who may be “knowledge challenges”. When your driving in the left lane and the car in front of you is going 45 on the highway. Or the person in the far right lane decides that they need to turn left a the intersection just 20 feet away, in front of you. We could all go on about situations we have witnessed or been a part of with stupid individuals. Some networks have even made shows about stupid things, stupid people do.

What we all need to realize is that we cannot control other people’s stupidity. We can only control our own. The fact is that we have the ability to control our decisions or what we do, say and how we respond to life events. We cannot control the drivers actions in front of us no matter how much you yell, honk or express they are # 1 with a specific finger.  Those type of decisions can have heavy consequences.

If we Breath, and respond, instead of react we may realize the lane next to us is open and we can move over, we could test our brakes really hard and Thank God they work or some other type of response.

With many things in life, we can “take the horse to the water, but we cannot make them drink.” We can possibly encourage others to try an alternative to their actions just as we can have alternatives to our actions. Let’s consider Positive alternatives to our actions so we don’t act stupid as we can only control ourselves.

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Budget = 4 Letter Word?

Do you think of the word Budget as a 4 letter word?

I was listening to more of my “17 Success Principle of Napoleon Hill” CD set and wanted to write this blog to remind people about the value of a budget.

So many people in our society struggle with a budget or managing their money. The concept that a Budget is a four letter word is ridiculous. A budget is a PLAN, is Plan a four letter word? (Technically it is). A Plan offers direction, hope and options. How about a map?  Maps offer direction of where you are to where you want to go? That is the same thing that a budget does.   A budget helps people to know where they currently spend their money, show possible ways you could reduce spending and can offer a path/map to a better financial situation.

Having a plan,map,idea, clue is not a bad thing. As Zig Ziglar used to say “Do you want to be a wondering generality or a meaningful specific?” A Larry Winget says on the CD, “No one every wrote a plan to be broke, stupid, fat, lazy or in a bad relationship! That is what happens when you don’t have a plan.”

We can all make a plan for anything in our life whether it is a budget for our money, plan for our education, plan for a project around the house or a plan for our life. The key is to TAKE ACTION and start writing the plan and TAKE ACTION to achieve the items you write down. So I don’t think Budget = 4 Letter Word.

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