The left lane personality is unique and special.

On many occasions in my many travels to-and-fro in the state of New York, I had the displeasure of being stuck in traffic. Certainly around NYC, traffic always seems to be the norm and driving along the highway without an impediment is the anomaly. I have noticed, however, that although most people think they can drive, in reality they can’t. The only person who truly thinks they’re an excellent driver is you. The left lane is a special space because it is supposed to be reserved for the motorists who need to get where they’re going in a timely manner.

The highway scenario in some ways highlights life—many people traveling in the same general direction either alone or with loved ones, taking different stops and with varying destinations planned. I won’t advocate speeding but what I will say is that I always drive in the left lane, know exactly where I’m going and make no qualms about getting there quickly. Some obstructionists are oblivious to the rules of the road and meander in the left lane with a line of cars behind them, each eagerly waiting to break free. The irony is, these obstructionists frustrate everyone else on the road, but appear to have no qualms themselves about disrupting the natural flow of the highway. They often look oblivious to the world around them and don’t get the hint when a flurry of vehicles scurries past them at accelerated speeds in angry protest. Others will often suddenly cut out in front of you, slowing your forward progress; others will be distracted and pay no attention to the road ahead of them.

Society works much in the same way, where certain folks have a clear focus and direction, and determinately intend to reach their goal as quickly as possible. Others, however, do not share such passions or have already “been there, done that” and are casually enjoying the ride. At the end of the day, one must not allow the roadblocks and obstacles to frustrate us, because then you have relinquished all power to them, becoming reactive to the adversity. The transcendent mindset of being proactive allows us to operate on our own internal watch despite the circumstances around us. On the road, as in life, better use of our energies means becoming cognizant of such barriers and enables us to position ourselves to overtake the hurdles in front of us. It’s the strategy and challenge that after all makes us better drivers and we can never expect others to share the same mindset as we do.


Dr. C.H.E. Sadaphal

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  1. Eric S. says:

    The obstructionists you are so fond of have a name: clovers. Don’t know where the name comes from and don’t remember where I heard the term before but your frustration is so pervasive the left laners named them. What ever happened to leaving home early to give yourself extra time and making a safety cushion between drivers?

  2. Franky says:

    You should all move out to the middle of the country. (I live near Minneapolis) Less people, less cars, less stress and never any traffic. I used to live in LA which is always a nightmare. The real trancendent mindset is to get out of the rat race while you can … life is too short to worry about the “clovers”

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