Monday, May 17, 2010

Optimistic Mondays – Do Not Follow Trucks

Last week, I drove south for my monthly ANWA meeting. The freeway is under construction, with orange cones and reduced-speed-limit signs everywhere. On the way back home late that night, I saw a sign that made me laugh. After I had a good laugh, it made me think.

A mile or so back I had read a sign that said "Trucks entering highway". I've seen those signs before, and didn't think much about it. But then I read one that said:

"Do Not Follow Trucks."

My first thought was, "Wow, I can't believe they had to make a special sign, just for that."

Next, I realized that people had actually followed the trucks, creating a need for the sign.

Finally, I related it to everyday life.

How often are we so busy following the path we are on, we don't stop and think about where we want to be?

Do we aimlessly follow the person in front of us, or do we take the lead and decide where our future will end up?

Only you can decide where you want to go. Sometimes there are unforeseen detours on the road ahead, but we can choose how to handle them.

Do not walk aimlessly, without a destination in mind.

Do not follow trucks.


MT said...

Boy, that would be embarrassing - following a truck into the construction area. I wonder how many times a day that happens. Ha!

Joanne said...

Sometimes we can get into that groove and it's easy to amble along, following. I guess that's when we have to put on the brakes and take our writing out of the comfort zone and forge our own route.

L.T. Elliot said...

Wow. This post really struck me today. I feel like I've been so lost behind other trucks that I haven't tried to find my own road.

Thanks, Kim.

Andrea :) said...

Sometimes we get so caught up in living our life and getting from one day to the next, it's easy to loose sight of our goals, or to let them go completely.
Thanks for the reminder!

Samantha said...

This is so true. I often get so caught up with life that I forget where I want to be going with life. Instead of being proactive, I can be reactive. Thanks for the reminder!

elizabeth mueller said...

Kim, What a beautiful and thoughtful post! I feel that a lot of people are complacent about their lives and this tends to make them comfortable enough to follow trends and stuff so as to avoid ripples in their comfort zones. Thank you for posting this! :)

Btw, I have an award waiting for you!