Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Love your neighbor even in traffic
With the level of rain that has befallen the city recently, several people’s perspectives or can I say “The way we live” has been distinguished at large. Yes, recently the roads have been too congested making one spend lots of hours trying to balance the pedals while admiring the other cars ahead and behind. Worst of all being a month end, everyone takes their vehicles out of the parking lot for a venture into the city creating long endless ques on the roads, jamming every aspect of Nairobi as a town. A closer look reveals that majority of the automobiles have one passenger each who looks either very tired or annoyed. And the snail pace isn’t helping at all either, making you feel like you should have stayed at home or continued to give your employer extra time. Instinctively, most of the drivers are proving that their urgency can’t be compared to any other motorist in the same traffic. So sad so that even someone who had parked their vehicle in the morning is not able to leave their spot for another destination. Surely, “Darme spacio!” Who is your neigbour? As the bible describes your neighour, does that also apply in traffic? Would it hurt if I let you go ahead of me, despite us not even going the same direction? I was so amazed at drivers jamming the road at junctions, blocking cars headed the other direction yet the ques that they were serving were not even moving. And in doing so, someone looks aside because they know that they are doing wrong yet they are proving too mean. I believe that if I give you space and you give space to another person, the same will be replicated and the jam will be opened. We don’t have to crowd a narrow space yet I can only be kind enough to make way and I believe there is nothing wrong with that. How can we blame the traffic police nor the traffic lights if we can’t observe the simple rule of loving your neighbor even in traffic? What your urgency in using wrong side of the road knowing well that you will be hindering the other road users that are serving that way? We all have the right of passage, take your turn and go your way peacefully. Raining or not, give me space on the road and I know you will still get to where you are going to on time, sure enough, I will open the junction the next time am ahead and you will find more space to make head way. With a smile none of us will have to regret or make a sad face while caught up on that que again. Just try.