I have to remind myself daily to maintain my composure and my patience intact. This feat is difficult to do especially in the Houston Traffic. Houston traffic wasn't always so bad, but about 6 years go, the Energy Industry Boom generated a multitude of jobs and opportunity here in Texas. While the rest of the country suffered gas prices between $4 to $5 dollars a gallon, Houston's economy exploded. Coupled with one of the lowest cost of living in the nation, and no state income tax, there was a huge migration into Texas, especially into Houston. The city jumped from the 7th largest to the 4th largest in the United States in a matter of years. Now, with almost 7 million people in the greater Houston area and its surroundings, the traffic has turned from bearable to abhorrent!
It is not so much the actual traffic that gets my blood boiling, but the behavior of the drivers. Hidden inside their metal boxes with wheels, are so called citizens that feel entitled to "own" the road. Let me explain further. People are a lot more courageous when they are cocooned inside their vehicle, as there is a low chance of physical confrontation. In turn, they are more willing to cut you off, give you the finger, honk their horn, or even shout profanity (as if you can really hear them). What is worse, it seems that the more expensive the cars, the worse the driver seem to behave; as to indicate that their money or status, gives them more entitlement to the road. BMW, Mercedes, and Audi drivers seem to exhibit the most entitlements on the road from my experience.
Every day as I drive back from work, the Houston traffic challenges my patience. Cars cutting me off, just to get one space further ahead. Cars pulling out in front me, causing me to slam my brakes. And of course, those tailgaters inching ever so closer, when I have no where else to go. I have to remind myself that at the end of the day, these things really do not matter. I refuse to be pulled into their world of mediocre self-control and lack of serenity; so I control my breathing and think of other things. I realize that every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity; we just have to make a conscious effort to it. I also have to remind myself that to never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. When we calm our thoughts and listen to our inner hearts then we can begin to transcend above the mires of life. As if we fall to these simple intolerances, then we begin our descent into disquietude. The simple truth is, those same people who agitate you on the road, is probably just as full of angst. Yes, it will be difficult to do; and your patience will be tested, but in the end you are in control of yourself. So if you are driving in Houston, take a deep breath, play some music from 104.1 KRBE, and simply smile!
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