Everyday I come across instances where I have to give way to other road users, either while I drive my car or the 2-wheeler. I normally give way to others and dont indulge in one-upmanship on the road. I have always faced questions from people as to why I am giving way to all others. So why do I have to do that? I do it to avoid confrontation as well as to avoid getting tensed on the road. I also believe waiting for another 10 seconds is not going to change the world upside down. This is also one of the reasons why I have been able to practise "Honk-free Driving" as well. But at times, I also do lose patience when somebody behaves irresponsibly on the road. I shout at them without hesitating, which makes my son very uncomfortable, if he is around. He asks me why I have to fight on the road? I try to explain to him that it is not a fight but I dont think he has a great opinion about his father on this.
There are times, you are pleasantly surprised by the acts of the fellow road users, particularly, when you give way to them. Yes, few acknowledge your generosity and say "Thank you". Yesterday, there were couple of instances where I have to wait or even reverse back my car by few metres to enable them to proceed. The drivers of the other car instantly acknowledged my patience and my generosity and said a loud "thank you", which I felt came truly from their heart. I felt very happy and satisfied. I also felt very proud to have helped others. The feeling is fantastic and I would urge you to say "thank you" whenever somebody deserves it. I know thank you as a word has been used quite casually in our daily lives but I guess we should use it judiciously and should also be more expressive than it being just a lip movement. Good things come to you in circle, so go out and spread the message of saying "thank you".
Have you experienced the feeling of somebody genuinely saying "thank you" to you for your kind-heartedness on the road?