There is a small but building movement in Singapore to encourage courteous driving. Known as the Gentlemen Movement, it is “a ground up movement for a generation that needs reminders to save the soul and “Be The Better Man” on our roads in our country”. As a reminder, the team behind the idea has created a black and white check bowtie that mounts on the car grills of those supporting the movement.
I do not know if they will have a motorcycle size bowtie for supporters. Regardless, I have committed to myself that I will do all that I can to support this cause. First, I will remember and remind myself to lead in being considerate to others. Second, I will be on the lookout for others that do the right thing in traffic, acknowledging and celebrating anyone that drives with kindness and consideration.
Yesterday I witnessed four acts of kindness along Tiong Bharu Road. Normally I find myself on high alert as I drive this stretch. There are several turns that overlay the two lanes, making it an area where bad or ignorant road decisions are the norm, not the exception. Yet on a day where I was focused on compassion, I discovered more compassion and kindness coming my way than I was able to return.
I am still smiling in amazement. Men, women, old, young, Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, and one from the west all contributed in her or his own way. It was as if each had heard and embraced the call to save our souls and our roads. If Divinity can be described by these actions, my response is David’s anthem, “Sing songs to the tune of his glory, set glory to the rhythms of his praise.” (Psalm 66.2)
I have no idea what it is going to be like on the road today. I do know that I will be wearing my black and white checkered bowtie, at least in the way I drive! I hope the waves of this movement grow and expand without end. We can be the change of hope.