Like many of you, I sat in traffic today heading home for Christmas. And like many of you, I don’t find traffic appealing.
But there was something strange in the air – something maybe you’re noticing, too. It was something like camaraderie.
Where I might normally feel frustration at best with heavy traffic, I looked around and saw neighbors. I saw people making the same journey I was making. Like those strangers standing next to you in the waiting room, or in the long line at Disney World: they become just a little more relatable and sympathetic. I could have started a conversation with any of them easily and shared a smile about holiday plans.
If I had had the time, I might have even done it.
I had that moment of realization (“WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER”) and saw how close I (personally-speaking, not proximally) was to the people in the cars around me- something that is probably true all year round too.
If you have the chance, take advantage of this “waiting room” effect and bond with a stranger over the holidays, even if traffic-related.