“If you are speeding down a highway … and you are driving at the speed of light … and you turn on your lights … do they do anything?” Steven Wright, Comedian
Good morning! I was listening to a Steven Wright monologue on the radio the other day (while I was speeding down the highway incidentally), in which he said (as only he can in his drawl, drawn out manner) “If you are speeding down a highway … and you are driving at the speed of light … and you turn on your lights … do they do anything?” The audience chuckled as did I.
Have you ever noticed how inside a joke, there usually lies a message–and most jokes are most successful when they lend new insight or a nugget of truth toward a contemporary condition? Inside Wright’s joke, lies a relevant question… Are we going too fast for our own good? Has our speed surpassed our ability to function at our human best and with humane vision? individually? and as a society? Do we need to slow down a little and let our headlights shine the way in front of us, so we can see where we are going, learn how we are doing, understand our orientation, and realize that we might need to adjust our journey a bit?
Sometimes in our frantic pace (thoroughly expected by today’s “destination-driven” society) we lose the enjoyment of the “getting there,” of “our journey.” We become blindsided from experiencing all the little facets along the way that could make our lives so enjoyable, so meaningful.
The next time you find yourself “driving too fast” (and it doesn’t have to be in a car)… slow down. If nothing else, slow down long enough to give yourself time to laugh!
I cherish the journey as much as the destination.