“In a Taxi that Runs Red Lights” (A 50-second reading on a life without rules)

February 2, 2012
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taxiA man arrives in a new country, and hails a taxi at the airport.  Not long into the journey, the driver runs a red light.  “Excuse me, but you just ran a red light!” the passenger says.  “Oh, don’t worry about it.  My brother does it all the time.”

The driver then runs the next red light, and offers the same, “Don’t worry about it, my brother does it all the time.”  This happens over and over until they get to a green light, and then the driver STOPS!

Exasperated, the passenger says, “I just don’t get it.  You run all the red lights, and then STOP at a green light?!”  To which the driver replies, “Well yes.  My brother might be coming the other way.”

Living a carefree life that ignores the rules sometimes sounds appealing. But the fact that we share this world with others means that, in order to survive, we soon discover that new rules must be created to compensate for the loss of the others.  And that which was once a pathway can become a hindrance.

Don’t focus on the red lights, the obstacles, and that which seems confining.  Focus on the green lights.  (Zig Ziglar calls them “Go lights.”)  Focus on the pursuit of opportunities (you gotta look for them).  Focus on that which makes us better.

(A big thanks to my dad for the taxi story, a favorite joke when I was growing up.  See Dad’s latest blog entry, “Uncle Therman’s Secrets of Success,” at www.duniganreport.com.)

2 Responses to “In a Taxi that Runs Red Lights” (A 50-second reading on a life without rules)

  1. Mlwtrujillo
    February 2, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Lol! I actually remember your Dad telling this joke……..he’s the only one I heard tell it! Love the Dunigan sense of humor!……looking for my opportunities today!

    • February 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Thanks, Michele! Dunigan humor can be frightening, but sometimes wise. = ) Thanks for the comment. –N

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Nathaniel is CEO of AidChild.org. He holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award. He also holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where he was the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, and a Cordes Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. Nathaniel is author of "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life." Prior to his move to Uganda in 2000, Nathaniel was Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona, and Director of Education at Leadership, Inc.

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