Thursday, December 06, 2007

Speed Bumps

Yesterday two speed bumps were installed on the main street in my subdivision. These speed bumps are raised mounds of asphalt. The purpose is to make speeding cars slow down. I’m actually glad they were put in. A lot of young kids walk along that road on their way to and from school.

For whatever reason I started thinking about the speed bumps in life, those unexpected events that surface from time to time. Some of life’s speed bumps are negative and they startle us and catch us off guard. But many of life’s speed bumps while first appearing as obstacles turn out to be positive - if we let them.

Anymore I prefer to slow down, ease over the bump, and enjoy the journey. It might be an age thing.


Blogger Janell said...

Absolutely brilliant! "...many of life’s speed bumps while first appearing as obstacles turn out to be positive - if we let them."
A couple of speed bumps this week in my area and this blog have inspired me to "slow down...and enjoy the journey." God bless you!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Amen Ralph!!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Gel said...

This type of "Terrific Ralph philosophy" is what drew me to your blog the first time I visited. It's one of the many reasons I return. Enjoyed this very much (and needed it today.)Thx

6:56 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Ralph, for my money, it is an aging thing! Those bumps used to iritate me and I would accelerate when I had finished passing over them. Like to make up for lost time and act idiotic.
Now I'm like you, slowing down, and thinking I wish we had a couple out in front of our house.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Speed bumps are the most fun when you're the one who created them.
Or...when you come to a speed bump in life, just drive up on the neighbors yard to get around it. It won't be any smoother jumping the curb but it's more fun that way.
3.Speed bumps can break main springs on semi-tractors and their trailers. Even at low speed.
Speed bumps are of the devil.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great time for this post !
Thanks Ralph !

9:53 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Great post Ralph. Yes I believe we have all hit some speed bumps. Some are bigger than others I have found and if you don't slow down you can almost become airborne. Sure is a shock when you land!
Another thing I though of while reading your post is the fact that there are times when instead of a speed bump, we hit a cememt wall. We get stopped! Maybe just to take some time and think about where we are headed or Change our route.
Again thanks got a good post.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

Then give me age! *G*

I guess I'm at the stage of life where I don't see the speed bumps until the last second, then slam on the brakes to ease over it. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't.

I'm glad that your roads are safer, both literally and figuratively.

2:45 AM  
Blogger Paul Nichols said...

I never liked speed bumps. It's always been hard for me to "enjoy the journey" when I've just chipped a few teeth--again.

All that being said, this was a very good post.

6:23 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Slow down??!
What's wrong with charging over them at full speed and knocking yer gizzard out??!!

Actually, the point of this fine post is a good one.
Old people like you & Cliff have gained a lot more wisdom than youngsters like Rachel & me.

11:07 AM  

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