A few days ago I was walking back to my place, but I had to cross a large road to get back. During this time something struck me: we are a little impatient as a race.
Traffic lights don’t stop us
I have to admit, a little annoyingly, that I have done this too. Have you even been at traffic lights, pressed the “green man” button and crossed the road, even if the light was green, or amber?
By doing this you are putting a few things at risk:
- your safety
- because you could get run over, or fall because you are about to run, or could trip over something
- the atmosphere of other people at the lights
- your early, and potentially dangerous actions, can cause others to copy what you have just done
- Have you ever noticed that once one person at a busy traffic light makes a move, another person automatically follows?
- children’s learning
- Have you ever crossed a road at a red light in front of a child? If so, you are not helping them learn how to cross the road safely
- Children also learn by observing what other people, usually adults, actually do. By not waiting on the green man you are encouraging children to engage in potentially dangerous activities
I am not saying that we are all impatient, or we are all bad examples. But have you ever gave a second to think to yourself that we need to grow a little patience? Does patience allow us to have time to ourselves? Will patience improve our ability to think clearly?