Over Christmas and New Year’s home time I caught up on a lot of my reading.  Something that I noticed happening was people posting ugly comments on social media pages.  If there is a personal experience with a product and you can explain what the problem is then post what the problem is not just that the product is awful. 

If there is something posted that is disagreeable I plan on using my fingers to go to a different page and not add to ugly comments.  What is the old adage?  If you cannot say something nice say nothing at all this can be changed to If you cannot type something nice than type nothing at all.

During the year some of my “friends” went off of the deep end with comments about certain subjects that went against my thoughts and beliefs.  My time is more valuable than to argue in typing it was much easier for me to not see their posts and move on to subjects I enjoy or entertaining debates.  Fun discussion like the best way to go across the country, ways to organize, or hobbies. The world’s problems are for sitting across from each other with a glass of tea or coffee and having a conversation.

When I hear a comment, or see something written that looks derogatory I am going to assume good intentions and respond positively or move on without responding with a negative comment or typing out a negative comment.

Driving is also going to be included in staying calm and not let others ruin a good day. The irritation that I will be working on is people cutting in line.  Most people know it takes a truck a bit to get moving but what they forget is it also takes a while to get them to stop.  From my high vantage point I can see drivers look at the truck and then position themselves to cut in front of me as soon as traffic starts to move.  In 2018, I am going to smile and be very thankful that I am not in such a big rush that I have to cut in line to go somewhere I probably don’t want to go. 

This year with the ELD mandate finally in place another area for patience will be the truck stop as Henry Albert pointed out on the TRUCK STOPS.  We will have to have patience as driver’s either go slow to not start their clock or as they drive past to get parked to stop their clocks. 

Why join the rat race?  How hard will it be to make 2018 a positive year and bypass the negative comments?

Comments (2)

Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing.


Very good point Sasquatch. Thank You for your comment

January 17, 2018 3:50:34 AM

Great article Linda. Avoiding the negative aspects in life is a conscious decision and a personal choice. Sadly many people seem to enjoy lowering their standards and engaging in that behavior which in turn pulls others down. Like you, I find it best to ignore it and move on. Life is too short to waste it being an angry person. Also people find it much easier to be negative when they don't have to physically face another person but the potential consequences of that "anonymous" behavior sometimes is very real.

January 16, 2018 13:59:26 PM