Asleep at the Wheel

The city has installed two sets of traffic lights in anticipation that one day there will be more traffic at these non-existent intersections near our home. The lights themselves have not been turned on; in fact the traffic lights are turned at a severe angle to demonstrate that these are non-working traffic lights. Time and again I have seen people pull up to these lights and just sit there until someone passes them by or honks. I wonder how many people are driving to or from work in their sleep each day.

One of the scariest drug commercials on television is for a sleep aid which characterizes one possible side effect as “sleep walking or driving.” If you wake up in the night and find yourself driving through a strange part of town in your pajamas, talk to your doctor.

I know there are times when I will arrive at some intersection and think to myself, “I got here quickly,” then I realize I do not remember passing some of my normal landmarks along the way. I guess I was in that dangerous alpha state of driving “on automatic” and letting sheer habit take me home. Getting lost in thought while driving can be just as dangerous as multitasking.

Multitasking is trying to be efficient by doing two or more things at the same time. Multitasking is eating a hamburger, changing the radio station and trying to find where the napkin went while driving 65 mph down the expressway during the lunch hour. It is safer to fly with the Blue Angels than to drive in rush hour traffic as fast as or faster than the speed limit with cars all around you looking to change lanes so they can get there faster than you. And some people may be driving in their sleep.

Why do we do that to ourselves? I find that if I’m not careful, I can be asleep at the wheel in lots of areas of my life. I also find that there are times when I tend to over schedule and take on too many things at once. So apparently the rule is: Stay alert when you drive, and simplify instead of multitask. Now that’s not so hard, is it?

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Pay attention to life. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

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