“So that it doesn't go any further, let's silence them with threats so they won't dare to use Jesus' name ever again with anyone.” (Acts 4.17)
The traffic was, for at least a short period, intense! Singapore's rush hour is not that long. The short distance from the Cathay Residences (home away from home) and Suntec Tower 2 (office) can be walked in twenty-five minutes, driven in five minutes off peak, and even in the height of rush hour, traversed in ten to twelve minutes. One could easily imagine an idyllic scene with cars patiently waiting to navigate around buses picking up passengers, giving extended courtesies as there are requirements to merge, change lanes, or get through a construction project.
As I watch individuals do the stuff of life while driving, I often wonder about their tactics. Life seems to be in a rush, no matter what the situation tells you. Everyone appears to be jostling to the front of an imaginary queue. Even though there is nowhere for anyone to go, the push to get ahead seem compelling.
Moves that threaten others can and do work. A gentle weave as if one is going to cut the other the other car, potentially causing an accident, often result in the aggressor getting ahead.
There is always the occasional driver that is clearly talking to everyone around him or her. Hand movements and signals scream out to anyone willing to take the time to watch. Mouth movements silently tell others of anger, frustration, and occasionally rage.
The contrast with the drivers singing along with the music is profound. Happiness versus frustration; acceptance and a willingness to work within what life gives, versus demanding self-centric action, and letter others have the space they need versus assuming life is always about “me” are evident.
Without judgment (too close to what I see in the mirror, I would note that tactics, the actions, choices, and decisions, we take in the moment for the moment, often make a lot of sense at the time. It is time I examined my tactics.
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