I have an hour drive one way to work on a good day – sometimes it is much longer in time although the distance is 9 miles. I do not like who I am when I drive to work. I find that I am tense, ornery, and impatient with my fellow drivers, particularly those who are either driving slow and or being selfish (e.g., cutting down the breakdown lane to get further ahead of a long line of cars). Historically, I have found that I am a bitter angry person by the time I get to work after my 60 minutes of driving. I don’t have this problem on the weekend and feel pretty relaxed driving then.
Lest you think I am content with this situation, I have tried a variety of things to rectify or at least improve it. Recently, I have been listening to books on tape and trying to think about or listen to spiritual things. It has certainly helped, but I am open to suggestions. Anyone have any ideas that have worked well for them?
I have not heard a lot from our leaders on the subject, save for President’s Hinckley’s admonition at the end of every Priesthood session to be a courteous driver on the way home. The Vatican apparently thought road rage was an issue and recently issued “Ten Commandments for Drivers.” An excerpt from the article is below:
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Got road rage? The Vatican on Tuesday issued a set of “Ten Commandments” for drivers, telling motorists to be charitable to others on the highways, to refrain from drinking and driving, and to pray you make it before you even buckle up. An unusual document from the Vatican’s office for migrants and itinerant people also warned that automobiles can be “an occasion of sin” — particularly when they are used for dangerous passing or for prostitution. Cardinal Renato Martino, who heads the office, told a news conference that the Vatican felt it necessary to address the pastoral needs of motorists because driving had become such a big part of contemporary life. He noted that the Bible was full of people on the move, including Mary and Joseph, the parents of Jesus — and that his office is tasked with dealing with all “itinerant” people — from refugees to prostitutes, truck drivers to the homeless. The “Drivers’ Ten Commandments,” as listed by the document, are:
1. You shall not kill.
2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
7. Support the families of accident victims.
8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
10. Feel responsible toward others.
I found these fascinating and somewhat humorous – what would the LDS version be?