Anger and Traffic Jam

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret. – Laurence J. Peter

Seldom are we able to control our emotions, especially anger.

Traffic jam is one of the major causes for it. Stuck in the road, unable to proceed. Hot and humid. Smoke from the exhaust pipe fill the air. Sometimes it’s half an hour. Sometimes more than two hours.

And then insensitive people cut you off. Tempers flare. Road rage occur.

How do we maintain a sense of zen? How do we maintain a sense of calmness?

Be aware. Acknowledge that you will face traffic jam.  Acknowledge that there are reckless and selfish drivers out there. It doesn’t mean that you agree with their actions. Instead, it means that you are not caught off-guard, unaware. You are not an ostrich burying your head in the ground.

Meditate. Breathe in, breathe out. Don’t keep your adrenaline pumped up to the max. Listen to calming music. Listen to your favorite radio station. Listen to jokes.

People are fed up with traffic jam, simply because there are other places worth being at. Traffic jam is a waste of time. Instead of treating commute just as it is, see the journey as a journey of self development. Brian Tracy explores the concept of university on wheels. Listen to educational audio in your car. Make every minutes count. Those hours would add up, just like compound effect.

How do you make your commute on the road a better experience? How do you reduce the probability of you erupting in anger? How do you make best use of your time on the road?





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