Check Your Speed

Today, while driving on a stretch of highway not far from my home, I noticed that I had coasted a few kph over the speed limit.  Automatically, I touched my brakes to comply with the posted limit in that area.

The regular speed limit in that area is 90 kph, but a few years ago it was reduced to 70 kph.  As I adjusted my speed; I passed the reason that the speed limit on that part of the highway was changed…

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What if she was your loved one? 

Not far from this poster, a small memorial has been erected.  Alyssia Paul had been hit by a truck and killed while crossing the highway at that location.

The speed limit is the limit.  It is the maximum speed we can lawfully drive…if we wish to keep driving without incident.  It was not my intention to drive over the posted speed limit, but sometimes crap happens. 

We all need reminders of what is important.  Whoever hit Alyssia Paul may have been driving at the posted speed limit, I don’t know.  All I know is that the driver will never need a reminder of why it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and to check your speed.

I consider every morning that I wake up on this side of the grass to be a privilege.  I begin my day by anticipating that Something Colored Beautiful will show up to inspire me.  Today this poster was all the inspiration that I needed to not only adjust my speed, but to consider why adjustments are necessary. 

We all make mistakes.  We may say think, say, or do things that we don’t mean.  We may feel scratchy that day and decide to scratch someone we love.  Perhaps, we haven’t taken the time to consider the loved one that we most often rely on…that loved one that we take for granted…because they have always been there.

In what area of life are you coasting along, not realizing that you have breached a boundary or overstepped a limit that someone has clearly posted?  

I’m no different than you. I have never met anyone who doesn’t have to govern his or her thoughts, words, and actions every day of their life.

As I thought about it, I realized that the remedy is simple.  Check your speed.  Think twice, speak once.

We do what we do until we know better.  When we know better, we do better.  To know it is to live it.

Thank you Alyssia, for being my Inspiration today.

I never met you, but I love someone remarkably like you.

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Published by Paula D. Tozer

I am a writer, poet and singer/songwriter. I am a Toastmaster, motivational speaker, personal creativity coach, and workshop leader. My most sincere wish is to share my words with others, and that we both benefit from the exchange.

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