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I Offer a Second Definition for DWI: “Driving While In…”

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By Greg Smith

Don’t Risk People’s Lives “Driving While Insignificant.”

We’ve all heard the expression DWI.  Everybody knows that it stands for “Driving While Intoxicated.” It is a subject that hits too close to home for millions of Americans.  If reading this phrase today conjures up painful memories, distant, or recent, I apologize.  The fact is, every day, nearly 30 people in America die from accidents involving intoxicated drivers.

But there is another form of DWI that is even more costly.  The impact of this problem is immeasurable.  What’s more, there is no law against it. We have all been guilty of it.  The form of DWI I am talking about is “Driving While Insignificant.”

People who are “Driving While Insignificant” are people who have given up on their dreams.  They are living a life that has no purpose, meaning, or positive direction. They do not believe in their own abilities, and are frustrated with what has happened to them in their lives. They are jealous of other people’s success. And these people are out there with us, clogging up the traffic system, darting in and out of lanes, speeding, and ignoring turn signals.

An intoxicated driver might say, “I was on my way back from the club. I only had a couple of drinks.” Those words offer no comfort to a grieving family.

An insignificant driver might say, “I was on my way back from the corner store to get a pack of cigarettes. I was not drinking.” Again, words that have very little meaning to a grieving family.

The next time you get behind the wheel, I urge you to ask yourself a question before you put the car in gear: “Where am I going?”  And I don’t mean your literal destination for that particular trip. I am asking you where you were going in life. What are your dreams, ambitions, and plans for yourself in the future?

If you have no dreams ambitions or plans for the future, then I urge you to turn the engine off, go inside and collect some.

It should be law! For every routine traffic stop, police officers should ask you for your drivers license, proof of insurance, and personal mission statement.

 

If you are a habitual insignificant driver, there are easy steps you can take to stop this behavior.

  1. Surround yourself with positive people who have dreams and ambitions. They will bring you up.
  2.  Eliminate people from your life who have no dreams or ambitions. They will pull you down.
  3. Write down five possible reasons why you are here. These reasons could include career ambitions, a cause that you champion, a spiritual purpose, or even assisting someone you love achieve their dreams and ambitions, which would make the world a better place.
  4. Choose one of those as your personal mission statement. Write it down and keep it in your wallet along with your drivers license and proof of insurance.
  5. Become obsessed with making that dream a reality. Read about it.  Talk about it  Dream about it. Identify someone who has done it already and do what they did.

We all risk our lives every day when we hit the road.  I hope that an accident is not in your future, although it may very well be. I made a mistake that caused a fender-bender about a month ago. But at least I can say that I was on my way back from a speaking engagement where I inspired people to achieve their goals. I was not driving while insignificant.  I was working on my mission.

If you have been uninspired for some time, and know that you need to change but don’t feel the ability, maybe thinking beyond yourself will help.  You don’t want to be the person out there for no reason who crushes the dreams of people who have all the reason in the world.  Get a dream destination, put it in drive, and enjoy the journey. Drive safe!

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