CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I had a very humbling experience last week. I wasn't paying attention while driving and ended up practically running a stop sign -- yikes!
To be honest, it wasn't even a "rolling stop." I was rushing to get somewhere and wasn't paying enough attention to what was really important.
Fortunately, I was stopped by a police officer; and I credit the experience -- and that officer -- for a major wakeup call. What was I thinking? Well, that's just it. I wasn't thinking.
The officer told me about a truck with a trailer that was making its way into the same intersection at the same time. I didn't see it. Apparently, though, we were seconds away from each other.
As I reflected on the experience, I found myself wondering why I was in such a hurry. And the term "Rushin' Roulette" came to me. By rushing around, I've actually put myself (and potentially others) in harm's way.
Although this is certainly not my intention, I find that it's happening more frequently, and it totally goes against my philosophy of a peaceful and balanced approach to life (as well as the title of this column!).
As a result, I'm experiencing some inner conflict, and I don't like it. It's true that I've had quite a bit on my platter lately, but that's no excuse. All of us are busy, and it doesn't give any of us a license to hurtle through space.
While we all go through phases that require us to "step up our game" and juggle lots of things from time to time, it's when this behavior becomes the norm that it becomes dangerous.