Last week we had a horrific wind storm. Those of us living on the west side of the state (Michigan) took note due to the record wave sizes that were recorded. But I noticed something else.
On my drive home at perhaps one the more active intersections on route, a street light was out. Initial moments of ‘what to do’ passed rapidly unlike the cars that typically would. Instead of unleashed chaos that one would expect, there was complete civil peace. We all knew what to do.
In the current tumultuous state of the world where absence of leadership lets the values of those in opposition diminish… what I witnessed was rare. Here in a cross cultural part of town, every demographical representation encounters each other. Tonight as we approached what appeared to be a skeletal, spend shuck of a light still swinging hauntingly in the wind, we all knew exactly what to do. For the first time in what feels like decades, the public, with all its opinions, needs for immediate result, egotistical reverence, ceased and unilaterally embraced one rule… voluntarily.
The light was out… treat it like a 4-way stop sign. It was that simple. And no one took advantage of the other. We all took our turns. I was so incredibly peaceful and inspiring. I was left with wondering where else in our life, in our world can we pull the plug on the stop light and fall back on our natural selves with trust in each other and patients with the situation? The checkout line at Meijer? The waiting process at parent teacher conferences? What about on a larger regional scale?