Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/07/2021
Did you ever become involved in something inappropriate through perfectly innocent behavior? I’m seeking kindred spirits here.
I was departing my favorite hobby shop which is precariously positioned on the approach to what they call a “rotary” up here (traffic circle elsewhere). I had to make a left across oncoming traffic and the far lane had a long line of cars travelling slowly. When the near lane was clear, I edged across and inserted myself between two cars in the serpentine line. The driver in front of whom I merged didn’t seem upset, or even attentive, but I waved my thanks. It’s important to note at this point I’m driving my Rolls with the top down and I’m wearing a tee-shirt and baseball cap.
As we crawled around the rotary at 18 miles per hour, I descended the hill and, on the ascent of the next hill, I could see the driver, about ten car-lengths ahead, who was going so slowly and holding us up. He had on his emergency flashers, indicating a problem, and I realized there was no shoulder on which to pull off the road. The next car had on its flashers as well, I guessed to warn those following. I looked in my rear-view mirror to make sure the driver behind me wasn’t too close, and I noticed his flashers were also on.
I had pulled smack into the middle of a funeral procession.
I said a brief, silent prayer for the deceased, put my flashers on, and rode with them until my exit five streets ahead.
I’m a good guy with a good heart, and I have good intentions. —Antonio Brown
Even when we act with the best of intentions, we can be wrong. But that’s an opportunity to make things right. —Alan Weiss