“Slow down!” What? That didn’t make any sense, but that was the message I “heard” as I entered the on-ramp to the Houston freeway. To successfully merge into the speeding traffic you speed up, not slow down, and I could see the cars beyond were moving at a normal fast rate.
That on-ramp was an unusual one, though. It went up an incline and then dipped down before merging with the freeway, so when you started up you couldn’t see over the top of the hill. I didn’t know what was waiting on the other side.
There are times I’m not a very good listener, but fortunately this was a time I was. I gently stepped on the brake and slowed down. Just as I crested the top of the incline and started down the ramp on the other side, I saw a stalled car in the middle of the lane!
If I hadn’t slowed down, I would have plowed into it. I was so grateful for the “voice” in my head and that I actually listened and followed through.