When The Light Turns Yellow

My personal experience while driving is that the traffic light goes from green to yellow and everyone takes that as “damnit I am not waiting for another green light” light.

We, I, speed up.  Because we, I, shouldn’t have to wait again.

But what if…

When the light turns yellow,

We all slow down.

I think it could very well have a ripple effect.  It could change the world.

Imagine.

The light turns yellow.  I start to slow down.  I stop as the light turns red.  Those who have a green light now, go.  They are relaxed and not angry at me for making them wait when it was their turn to go.  It’s not about the fraction of time they had to wait.  It’s about having to sit there while someone else goes, and goes, and goes, when it’s not their turn to go.  It’s their turn to stop.  The persons at the red light know when it’s their turn.  When the light turns green.  That’s what it says.  Green means go.  Red means stop.  Yellow means slow down but has, over the years, been mis-translated as “hurry the hell up we can make it!”

Yellow is our reminder.

Yellow means be considerate.

Yellow means there are others who are existing within the same parameters as us.

Imagine.  Those sitting at the red who get to go now on green.  They will have one less, albeit minor, frustration of someone thinking their ‘turn’ is more important.  One less frustration of waiting on someone else’s “I’m more important than the rules or others living with those rules”.

Imagine.

This happening by the millions, every day.  The light turns yellow.  People slow down.  People take turns.  People are respectful and considerate of others.

Fractions of frustration being minimized, eliminated, discarded.  Fractions by the millions.  Every day.

I can see the difference.

Maybe, if we can remember what the yellow light is for, we could install these traffic lights in other parts of our lives.

Just as a reminder.

When the light turns yellow, there are others to consider.

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72 thoughts on “When The Light Turns Yellow

  1. That’s a beautiful thought! I just hope the guy behind me stops too! 🙂

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  2. We could all use slowing down for more than yellow lights. 😉

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  3. You…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..are……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..so………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………right!

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  4. soiba says:

    True words that carry wisdom 🙂

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  5. For some reason your post is coming across teeny tiny and I can’t read it. I can’t even read what I am typing.

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  6. Wow!!!
    okay that was real deep, okay. perhaps one of the most deep content u have made up till now. JUST AMAZING

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  7. Robert Varga says:

    Well….nope. Yellow means gear to 5 from 3.

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  8. Debra says:

    I like this thought so much, Colleen. As I imagine it, I’m a little concerned that if I slow down the driver behind me will go ballistic, as the habit here is for at least three cars to go through yellow, which means at least two are probably in the red. But I love the way you’ve framed the proposition and I will be thinking about that as I drive about town today! 🙂

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    • It must be universal for our country Debra. I can’t deny having done it. And I can’t deny the frustration sitting at a green light while numerous vehicles blatantly go through red lights.

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  9. Jodi says:

    such great wisdom!!

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  10. anie says:

    oh that is very interesting, Colleen, and such a yellow light would be helpful in many areas of life!

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  11. Ugh! You pegged me on this one!!! Yep, I tend to speed up. Oh, Colleen….wonderful, wonderful post and wisely spoken. Now if I can just print this out and tape it by my speedometer, gas pedal….and everywhere I go!!!

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  12. Great post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  13. Great post. Wouldn’t be lovely if this thought goes viral? Please and thank you and please go ahead. Such nice behaviour might take the belligerence out of the day. Thank you.

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  14. ivor20 says:

    Yellow is lovely feeling colour.

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  15. Simple yet deep and profound as always 🙂

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  16. reocochran says:

    I really like this idea and you should copyright it by saying, “I said this first!!” You have a new, meaningful trend to pass on, as you mentioned a peaceful “ripple effect.” 💛

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  17. markbialczak says:

    The hard part is getting the world around you to comply, MBC, so you don’t get the literal or figurative tire tracks up your back.

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  18. ksbeth says:

    yes, i think a yellow light approach might be nice

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  19. I know just what you mean – I wonder if we could make it happen? I’ll try it tomorrow!

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  20. “hurry the hell up we can make it!” LOL!

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  21. Could we apply this to the weekends, too? Saturday means rest and fun–not hurry up and see how much we can pack into a day! Sunday–sleep in! What ideas, haha!

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