I want to ask you something...has anyone ever said anything to you that was more important than someones life? What about you, have you ever said anything to someone that was more important than your own life?
Now unless you're holding state secrets, chances are the answer is easy...it's no.
Yesterday I went out to run some errands and I had a close call. I was in the right hand lane, approaching a stop light when it turned yellow. I slowed down and stopped. It wasn't a rapid stop, I didn't slam on my brakes. In my rear view mirror I could see an SUV barreling down on my little car. He was going way too fast. I could also see that he was holding his phone above his steering wheel texting like in the pic below.
What he didn't see was that the light had turned and I had stopped. In fact I was bracing for the crash. I knew it was coming. I couldn't do a thing to get away from it either. Luckily at the very last second he noticed my car and swerved to the middle lane. He missed me by mere inches!!! He was going way too fast to stop though, he ran the red light and nearly got broadsided by a car that had the green light. That car had to slam on their brakes so hard to keep from hitting him that the car spun out a little. I am sure the driver of that car was as shaken up as I was. I wish I could have reported him to the police, but he was going so fast that I couldn't get his licence number. It's by the grace of God we all survived.
The thing I found myself wondering is what could have possibly been so important that he was willing to risk his own life and the life of others? I have to tell ya, I have never had a conversation that was that important.
Now I told you the other day I got a brand new smart phone. I also sent my first text. I did it from my sofa. It's hard to type on a phone though, even when you're sitting on the sofa. I can't imagine doing it while driving. When I am driving my cell phone is tucked safely in my purse. If it rings, I will call the person back when I stop.
In Colorado we don't have a no texting while driving law yet. I can't wait until the day we do.
It's kind of funny though, it used to be we liked to leave home to get away from being accessible to things for a little bit. Now we seem to think we can't leave home without being accessible. I still enjoy the freedom. E-mails, phone calls, conversations...they can wait. I know we live in an instant gratification world, but the one instant gratification we don't need is death.
I implore you, don't use your cell phone while driving! Your life and the lives of others may depend on it. Is that conversation that important?