#TheRunningWriter QOTD

Kick the attitude to the curb.

*****

I was driving the other morning, and a car zoomed up behind me. Soooo close I was getting nervous.

Once I fought through my urge to slow down and “teach him a lesson,” I looked for a chance to get over and did so. Right away.

And safely.

The car zoomed by, then it whipped around the next car, cutting another one off.

Now, I’m not a slow driver, by any means. So I know my speed wasn’t the issue. I have no idea what was going on with that driver.

But two things I was able to control in that situation: me and my attitude.

I could have done a number of naughty things as a result to the attitude I thought this driver was throwing my way. But, really, what would that have solved?

Would the driver had slowed down, started driving carefully because I glared at him or waved at him with one finger?

No.

Would the driver have graciously stopped tailgating and let other people in front of him?

No.

And that’s ok. It was that driver’s issue. Not mine.

I have enough junk on my mind, I don’t need to take on driver education frustrations for some stranger, too.

That thinking kept my attitude from taking a dive into anger and frustration.

And I’m glad. Because I’m much more fun to be around when I’m not all attituded-out.

Yep. That’s my new word. I’m a writer so I can make up my own words, right?

But seriously. We don’t need to take on the weight and emotions of another person’s actions. We don’t need to let them drag us down. And we certainly don’t need to let it put a negative ripple in our day.

That’s giving other people way too much power over us, huh?

Stay strong and make it a great day, my friends.

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