Stuck in traffic. Some of the most profound truths are discovered while stopped at a red light during rush hour.
Last week I inched forward in my Honda to get a closer view of the bumper sticker directly in front of me. It declared, in Pennsylvania redneck tradition, "GET IN. SIT DOWN. SHUT UP. HOLD ON." The sticker was a perfect match for the raggamuffin pick-up truck. The dents and dangling fender told a quick story of off road adventure.
I don't know why, but those 8 unrefined words began to work on me, right then and there. Trance-like, I fell into sync with traffic flow, mulling over the message.
GET IN -- You have to commit, whether it's loyalty to a marriage, a diet, a pair of shoes or even a flavor of ice cream; failure to adhere leads to certain disaster. One must simply "get in" and stay in -- another truck will come along, but it won't be this one in this moment. You decide, but don't dawdle -- the light's about to change.
SIT DOWN -- A good idea, when the adventure is already in motion. You'd best sit tight and hope you've got a window seat.
SHUT UP -- A whole heap of hollerin will just add to the commotion. Instead, try listening. What seems like noise and smoke may actually sound like music, once you attune your ear to it.
HOLD ON -- Total wisdom here. The best way to prepare for sudden stops, turns and unknown roads is to hold on. Find what is true, and solid, and hang onto it for all you're worth.
Who knew a redneck bumper sticker could be a metaphor for life? From shiny new grads to rumpled retirees, we could all take a cue from a weathered pick-up sporting a direct dose of theology...Get in. Sit down. Shut up. And hold on. It's gonna be a wild ride.