One of the best ideas to come from my 2011 students
came from the last renewal class of the year.
were discussing Non-Violent Dispute Resolution, a member of the class
told us that her job keeps her on the road most of the year. She
added that she had put in 25 years traveling, and that she had never had
a serious rage incident in traffic.
Well, she got my
curiosity going, and I asked her if she would share the secret of her
peaceful co-existence with her fellow drivers. She agreed to and
said that she needed to get something out of her car. She returned
to the classroom carrying a sign similar to a Highway Flagman's sign;
the kind that says "SLOW" in one side and "STOP" on the other.
She explained that when another driver did something very courteous, she
showed him one side of the sign. She went on to say that in the
event that she did something regrettable in traffic, she showed other
drivers the reverse side of the sign. A replica of her sign is
If someone let
her into a line of traffic,
she showed her appreciation by holding up this sign.
she inadvertently cut off another driver in
traffic, she apologized for her action by showing the other side
of the sign.
see flip side, pass
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Cool idea? Sure, it is. But, what makes the
idea work is the attitude of a gun-toting lady, who has decided that
Non-Violent options make a lot of sense, and that they are worth the
effort. You know - The problems they refer to on the 10:00 o'clock
news as 'Road-Rage'.
Keep life simple. Keep life