When we are out and about in our car, we are typically going someplace in particular. It is rare that we simply are out for a drive, we tend to drive with a purpose.
That is why we usually get frustrated when someone is driving slower than we want to drive. It is particularly difficult if they continue to drive slowly in front of us.
Hailey was a young, busy mother that found herself in such a situation. She was out running some errands and was stuck behind a vehicle that just wasn’t going fast enough for her.
At first, she was frustrated over the situation and was starting to lose her composure. We all realize how frustrating this can be, but she saw something that made her stop and pay attention.
After seeing it, she posted a picture and story on Facebook. It went viral.
“As I was pulling into work, I was following this car. The sign in the back window said, ‘Learning stick sorry for any delay.’
Knowing this information, I was very patient with their slow shifting, and honestly, they were doing pretty well for still learning.
Then I asked myself a tough question: Would I have been just as patient if the sign hadn’t been there?”
“I can almost definitely say no.
We don’t know what someone is going through. We don’t wear signs that illustrate our personal struggles. You don’t see signs taped to people’s shirts that say, ‘Going through a divorce,’ or ‘Lost a child,’ or ‘Feeling depressed,’ or ‘Diagnosed with cancer.’
If we could read visually what those around us are going through we would definitely be nicer.
But we shouldn’t have to see signs and have reasons to treat strangers with kindness. We should do it anyway, whether we know what is going on or not. Whether they deserve it or not.
Let’s give everyone an extra dose of patience, kindness, and love…”
It was a message that touched her heart. It also taught her a lesson and we all appreciate what she had to say.