The Dakotas and Montana are dotted with small towns and little villages.
Much of my life consists of driving to and through many of them.
And you would not believe the speed limits.
I could take you to several that have a speed limit of 15 mph! 25 mph is the norm.
Sometimes I feel like getting out and walking, I believe I could get through town faster…but then I wouldn’t have my van to continue the journey.
And to make matters worse, most of those towns have flashing radar signs (I’m sure there’s a better name for them) warning you, commanding you, shouting at you, nagging you (you get the picture) to SLOW DOWN!!!
It is so uninviting and unwelcoming.
But then I came to a little town with a flashing radar sign that simply said, “Thank you for slowing down.”
The difference was amazing. I wanted to slow down for those people.
Kindness changed everything.
I get speed limits, rules, regulations, and restrictions. In the immortal words of John Donne, “No man is an island.” We’ve got to have limits to protect and interact with one another.
But what a difference when a little kindness and respect is thrown in.
I am writing this blog in a hotel room while on yet another trip. A moment ago I went to refill my coffee mug. Down the hall an elderly couple was making their way to the door to check out and continue their journey.
The old gentleman paused a moment, stacked his luggage against the wall, and stepped into the breakfast area. I heard him graciously thank the lady who was in charge of the preparing and serving breakfast. And then he gathered up his luggage and headed for the door.
A moment later when he and I passed each other in the hall, predictably he greeted me with a smile and a “Good morning.”
When I responded I called him “Sir.”