Our speed traps

A police officer found a perfect hiding place for watching for speeding motorists. One day, the officer was amazed when everyone was under the speed limit, so he investigated and found the problem.


A 10-year-old boy was standing on the side of the road with a huge hand painted sign, which said, “Radar Trap Ahead.”


A little more investigative work led the officer to the boy’s accomplice: another boy about 100 yards beyond the radar trap with a sign reading “TIPS” and a bucket at his feet full of change.


Even though there is a doubt if that is a good ethical way of making money, I can’t help admiring those two young people for being resourceful and creative. They saw an opportunity and took advantage of it helping themselves as they helped others. They took a bad situation and made it into a lucrative one.


That’s what I need to do. I need to take bad situations in my and others life and make them into opportunities for goodness. So, how can you and I do this? Here are a few suggestions I’ve been applying to my life.


Obviously, I need to think creatively in new ways and maybe lessons learned from the wisdom of others on how to make life more joyful and fun. It helps us while it helps others.


·       Make daily routines significant and impactful making life better. I put a new coat of paint on the normal and make them significant. I want every moment to count.


·       Make challenges and issues not to be just endured but opportunities to gain and grow. Every challenge can be a growth moment. Every issue can be a time to discover more about life and myself. Those moments of opportunity may never come again.


·       Make responsibilities as a family member to be golden memory moments seeing healthier relationships and a better future. If I am to be a father, son or brother, how can that role become more a blessing on others than I am already doing? Can I create within that responsibility to make life better for those I love than just take?


I cruise along in life daydreaming and thinking of my journey. The speed trap lies around the corner checking on my speed and awareness that I am not alone. I’m being carefully watched.  I am creatively making the most of life because the radar is checking on the quality of life I am living.  The Creator has blessed me with a life filled with others who depend on me. I’ll know how well I’m doing by riches in their tip bucket.