“If you complain about the world moving too fast, slow down.”

Michael Dolan (not a typo)

Dear one,

On my way to the office yesterday, the traffic was particularly heavy. While I sat in a left turn lane waiting, the driver of the car behind me laid into his horn and began gesturing in frustration with both arms. He was basically mimicking one of those blow up men in front of used car dealerships trying to grab attention. A few seconds later I made the turn and was immediately stopped again by the backed up traffic that we both could clearly see on the side road.

Because I could see him looking and noting the traffic backup waiting for us, the only conclusion I could come to was that this gentleman was in a hurry to wait, and had become impatient that I did not share his urgency.

Are you rushing through life from one traffic backup to the next? Are you in a hurry to wait? Maybe the answer is to slow down. In the children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster wrote, “The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.”

Let’s remember to take great pleasure in seeing what’s in between.

Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.


P.S.: Programming note: I will be ending my daily love letters with #300, a week from today.

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Michael Nolan is The Sentimental Dom. He wants you to keep your chin up, treat everyone with dignity, compassion, and respect, and drink more water.

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