The Wrong Route

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a state police officer saw a car puttering along at 22 miles per hour. He thought to himself, “This driver is just as dangerous as one who speeds!” So he turned on his lights and pulled the car over.

Approaching the car, he noticed there were five old ladies – two in the front and three in the back – with eyes wide open and looking as white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, said the the officer, “Officer, I don’t understand. I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”

The officer replied, “Ma’am, you weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

“Slower than the speed limit?” she asked. “No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly . . . 22 miles per hour!”

The officer then explained to the driver that the “22” on the road sign was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

Then the officer asked, “Before I go, Ma’am, I have to ask – is everyone in the car okay? Your passengers seem awfully shaken and they haven’t muttered a peep this whole time.”

The driver responded, “Oh, they’ll be alright, officer. We just got off Route 119.”

Like many of us, the lady was on the right path, but going the wrong speed. Sometimes, we need to slow down; other times, we need to speed up. What matters in life is not just the destination, but the speed by which we get there.

To be successful in life, we need to get three things right: destination, direction, and pace. And not enough is said about pace.


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