He stopped his car right in front of me, backed into a driveway, and started turning around.
“What are you doing!” I screamed at the man.
I was on a mission. I needed gas and this guy was turning around right in front of me.
As he turned around he drove right by me without a courtesy wave.
How could he be so rude?
Then I realized he might be embarrassed. He made a mistake and I was making him feel worse about it. How could he look me in the eyes?
It reminded me of my conversation with my friend Rob. I shared the ideas in this book. I explained the importance of gratitude. He told me that when he gets treated rudely during his commute he chooses laughter.
It’s a old Yoga technique.
You just start laughing and let it build.
I started to laugh. I laughed at how angry I was over something that caused me to wait for an extra 10 seconds while he turned around. I laughed at my embarrassment. I laughed at a tough conversation with a coworker that I had last week. I laughed at my frustration with kids not picking up their toys. My laughter increased and I started laughing because I was enjoying myself.
It felt strange at first, but then I felt good. I actually felt great. It was the release I needed from the tension building up over the last few days.
I felt so lucky for my friend Rob.
Then I felt grateful for this blog post because it spurred the conversation with my friend Rob.
Next time you are having a tough moment in traffic just laugh it off. Give into the laughter, don’t push it away.
Watch how a fake laugh can turn into a real laugh.
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