THE GRIDLOCKSMITH

THE GRIDLOCKSMITH, traffic safety activist, "Roads Scholar," former "Road Warrior" who lost a brother (aged,15) on the road in 1969, has compiled many observations and ideas about traffic safety after 3 decades of driving for a living. "Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution? Set a safe example in traffic." You, too, can be a gridlocksmith. "Road-Peace is a step toward World Peace." - Earl Shoop

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Looking for what's logical, efficient, kind and fun... Traffic safety became a personal issue when my youngest brother died on the highway. I observed traffic unsafety while driving for a living(30yrs). Spread the word about "Road-Peace" as a step on the road to World Peace. Since those wise and gentle enough to create World Peace will not treat each other as we now do, in traffic, the road is a good place to focus our efforts. see www.road-peace.com www.gridlocksmith.com

Friday, July 31, 2009

SERIOUSLY, WHAT IS IT ABOUT? GRASS-ROOTS FUN!

FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN!

OK, I know, traffic safety is serious stuff; it's true. But, a somber demeanor can lead to depression, and where does that get anyone? As a wise mentor used to say, "If it isn't fun, it isn't being done right."

He was asserting that when we are having fun, we are more relaxed. This means that we think better, more clearly and creatively. Creative thinking combined with clarity? Sounds like good things just have to happen.

Laughter is a surefire sign of fun, but it has a greater significance. When we laugh, we let go of our embarrassment, and, we sometimes present some of our wildest, most creative ideas. Exposing ourselves to possible ridicule takes courage, and laughter discharges fear, thus, helping us to overcome our fears.

It helps, when in a brainstorming group, to have an agreement not to ridicule, but, rather, try to outdo each other with even wilder ideas.(The morale boost and comeraderie are added benefits.) The craziest idea is not likely to be your ultimate plan or objective, tactic or strategy, but may spark some worthy ideas that the group will want to pursue.

Speaking of "Think Tanks," here is one that may interest you. (assuming you have a strong interest in traffic safety... and, if not, why would you be here?)

PITHY PLATITUDE

People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
1772-1834, British Poet/Critic/Philosopher

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