Sometimes I think that as a motivational speaker, my “Job” with a capital “J” may simply be to remind people of things they already know but may have temporarily forgotten.
I saw a movie recently about a man who, while driving home one night, accidentally hit and killed a man and his daughters. He wasn’t drinking; he simply was not paying attention to the degree that he should have been. It was profoundly disturbing.
And then I thought about all the times that I get behind the wheel of my car and do not give the task of driving my full attention. I remember I pulled up to a stop sign not too long ago, and because I wanted to turn right, only looked to my left to see if any cars were coming. Then, because there were none, I started to make my right hand turn – only to almost hit a guy on a bicycle who was crossing in front of me.
Let us all be reminded, on a daily basis to take very, very seriously the responsibility of driving a car. Not only to tune in from the moment we get behind the wheel, but to also minimize the use of cell phones and other electronic devices. Don't try to discipline your kids from the front seat by turning over your shoulder to talk to them. If you drop something on the floor – let it go. One careless, mindless second could have devastating consequences.