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  • Writer's pictureLiz Sterling

Car Shame

Last week in class we discussed becoming aware of our behaviors and taming them while we can. Often, as we age, undesirable qualities can get out of control. I told the class, “Activate your Will — and be willing to change bad habits when you can.” You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.”

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my nephew’s engagement party in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I went online to select a rental car and a hybrid option popped up so I decided to give it a try.

At home, I drive a very sporty, turbo charged car. The hybrid was not nearly as peppy as I am used to and I learned quickly I’m an impatient driver.

On the first day, my sister pointed out that I stop in the crosswalk, not before it and drive too fast. “Slow down, Elizabeth,” she said. You need to be aware that there are a lot of children around here.”

The next day I was on a rural road behind eight cars and a very slow driver. My impatience had me veering right and left, looking to see what what slowing us down. This activated the rental car to signal a warning chime and a picture of a steaming hot cup of coffee appeared.

Finally, I got the message when I was stopped by a highway patrol officer while heading to the airport. “You were driving aggressively, changing lanes, passing on the right and speeding. My job is to help you become aware of what you were doing.”

Luckily, I got off with a warning this time! I certainly had a big dose of Car Shame and an opportunity to make some important changes.

Next time you see me on the road, I’ll be moving along, just like an old dog….

This week I'll be in Colorado celebrating my son's 30th Birthday.

Guest Teacher at the Wisdom Circle: Janet Weissman

Wednesday, June 5th 10:30 AM - 12 Noon

This week's topic: Happy Re-Birth

Levis JCC Sandler Center, Boca Raton

Membership is not required. $13 payable at the door.

21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428


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