Saturday, July 18

Orthodox Driving...


From Father John's Weekly Bulletin, Source Unknown.

In these days when “road rage” seems to be such a problem, it might do us some good to think about our own attitudes when we drive. As in all other aspects of life, we are not responsible for the behavior of others, but we are responsible for ours, and driving in traffic is not too unlike every other human interchange. Nevertheless, driving, somehow, seems to be able to release in us certain behaviors we otherwise do not manifest, and the most notable of these is, of course, anger.

Since we tend to be alone in driving, we can have some opportunities to look at ourselves and ask ourselves why we react in one way or another, and whether it does or does not conform to behavior expected of a Christian, especially an Orthodox Christian, in the light of the Gospel and our experience of the Savior. And if we are reacting angrily at such times, we might not be surprised to find that it usually is because we are angry about something else; or that, as is so often the case, we have not forgiven someone somehow, and we are consciously or unconsciously holding a grudge. Perhaps, in the solitude of the automobile, we have opportunities to see our symptoms, and prayerfully come to a better self-understanding, opening the door to our own ability to forgive, and to be healed in heart.


The Ten Commandments for Drivers

I. Always begin a trip with a prayer, making the Sign of the Cross and entrusting yourself to the Lord.

II. Never drink and drive.

III. Never try to shorten the time of a trip. If you started out late, you will arrive late. Do not speed.

IV. Apologize to a driver whom you have interfered with, even when you did not intend to. After all, when we are walking, and bump someone, we apologize without thinking. So why should there be a different ethic behind the wheel?

V. Always yield was to someone who is in a great hurry, or is driving aggressively. If you do not yield, he will pass you, but the situation will be more dangerous.

VI. Give a wave of thanks to a driver who makes way for you.

VII. Drive in such a way that you won't fear seeing a police car. Remember that God is Watching, even if the police are not.

VII. Stay as far away as possible from cars that have dents or show signs of accidents. But be careful not to judge, or you may share in their misfortune.

IX. Never speed up when another driver tries to pass you, or get into your lane. Do not treat you neighbor in a way you do not want to be treated.

X. After every trip, thank God for its safe completion. Be thankful after any trip, and not just a successful one. After all, almost always it could have been worse!

6 comments:

Bethany Hudson said...

I love this, Emma. I actually keep a rosary in my car (hanging from my rearview mirror; I know, it's cliched) to remind me of just these things!

Mrs Irontius Lou said...

thanks for this post..it's something that I'd like to link in my blog, may I?

Emma said...

Thanks, Bethany!

Certainly, Mrs. Irontius!

Cristina said...

Wonderful post! We should always keep that decalogue in mind when driving. Please, Emma, let me copy the picture on my blog and post the Romanian translation of these 10 commandments.

Emma said...

Go right ahead, Cristina! I am glad that you enjoyed it!

Cristina said...

Thank you, Emma. I just did it on my blog. I'm sure people will enjoy and follow these useful rules.

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