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Do we really have the “right-of-way?”

I was at Walmart today and saw a man almost get hit by a car that was backing up.  It was crazy.  I don’t think either one was really paying attention to their surroundings.  Yikes!

I know the law says “pedestrians have the right-of-way,” but I would not walk out on a crosswalk into oncoming traffic.  Would you?!  I know we are supposed to have the right-of-way, but I don’t think we really do.

The situation got me thinking about the rights we have and how they might be used with a “because we can” attitude.  Which then got me thinking about how people take the “because I can attitude” and misuse it.  You’ve all heard that saying, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”  This is so true.

I know many people in the younger generation (okay older generation, too) who just do stuff, without thinking of the consequences.  John Maxwell makes a great point when he says, “”Most people don’t lead their lives. They accept their lives.”   Going through your day and just letting things happen to you can be dangerous (see first paragraph)!

Those who are not proactive about life, tend to feel like life is just giving them one hit after another.  What would happen if you told your day how it would be, instead of getting up and stumbling through it?  Perhaps you decide to go to TGIFriday’s for lunch, in the morning, and ask a friend to join you at a specific time?  Hmmm, a lunch date.  Way better than having lunch time show up, then trying to figure out where to go eat, who with, etc.  By the time you figure anything out, it’s too late and you either have some vending machine snacks at your desk, or skip lunch completely. 

Do you have the right to just let life happen to you?  Sure you do, but doesn’t it sound like being proactive might be a better way to handle things?  Do you have the right to walk out into a parking lot when someone is backing up?  Sure you do, but is it safe?  Do you have the right to throw open cans of paint at your house for an artistic feeling?  Sure you do (unless you live in a neighborhood with an HOA – grin), but is it wise?

Be proactive, be cautious, be wise… because you can!

If you happen to be interested in the actual “legal” rights we have, I have included a great link to information about our Bill of Rights.  It’s an election year, be proactive, go ahead and read it.  Be an informed voter!   http://www.ushistory.org/documents/amendments.htm

 

 

 

 

*This Blog written by Pam Horton, a life coach in the Raleigh/Durham area*

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