New Book Uses Driving As Metaphor to End Distracted Living
Jim Jacobs' Driving Lessons for Life 2 is the sequel to his first book, which used driving lessons as metaphors to help us enhance our lives. The journey continues in this sequel, which includes fifty essays that discuss how we can improve our lives by applying the lessons learned in the course of driving to everyday situations. Jim says that an average person is spending nearly 25 hours a week in the vehicle. Instead of having this time be unproductive or apathetic, Jim advocates "using our driving time to enhance our relationships and lives, and truly develop our potential." According to him, a trip driving can be an "driving experience for life." The book is full of tips to encourage us all to consider the many elements of life. I am sure it will be enjoyed by all from novice to experienced drivers. Jim offers advice to drivers of all quality. For instance, for novice driver, Jim advises, "please not be afraid to make mistakes. Don't be afraid of not reaching the destination you'd like to travel to. Everyone makes mistakes. But it is how you deal with them that matters." The essays are filled with practical and entertaining advice, as well as some insightful opinions. Some of the essays are: "A Car in the Summer is Hot, People are Not," where Jim examines the issues with how we judge people; "Watching Out for Blind Spots," which asks us to look at blind spots that we have in our personal lives as well as "What Roads Are You Heading Down?" to discuss the various decisions we could make. Car metaphors appear aplenty throughout, yet each is executed in an unexpected, but intelligent way. Every aspect of driving is covered in this collection, from merging-worthy of a four-part essay series on blinkers, roundabouts, speeding, license plates, driving off, as well as cruise controls. One of my most favorite topics is on "Car conversations." Jim says that we are able to have profound and insightful conversations while driving. Jim strongly suggests to make use of the time spent in the car with our loved people to strengthen our bonds through simple conversations with one another and using the time spent in the car as an opportunity to educate our children. One of my most favorite pieces of advice from this book is the time that Jim discusses bumper stickers which inquire, "How am I driving?" The author uses this well-known feature to talk about the need for us all to become more willing to receive feedback. He concludes by saying "Let's all purchase some bumper stickers for our lives that ask, 'How am I driving What am I doing?' and stick the stickers on our rears. After that, with a thankful attitude, let us invite others to provide us with feedback on our performance. If we can apply the ideas that are appropriate, we'll be able to move further along the path of our lives. We'll be able to navigate better." Another interesting story is about advice from Jim's stepdad, who taught him how to drive. His stepdad would warn Jim as he approached an intersection ""If it's green at the moment but it could turn red when you arrive." This was a lesson to Jim that he needed to think ahead when it comes to life by looking ahead and anticipating what he could find. I also enjoyed the concept of alignment. Jim says, "Most difficulties for individuals are caused by beliefs and behavior that aren't in sync. In other words, if you think one way, but do something else, you're not in alignment. Being out of alignment is a significant reason for depression, anger and anxiety, as well as many other issues with relationships and emotions. The alignment between beliefs and actions is crucial." After examining the ways that we slip out of the right direction in our lives, Jim gives us three easy steps to align ourselves. Jim is also not one to Jim avoid challenging topics. He is opposed to the modern advice that generally advises you to remove negative or toxic people in your life. Instead, he suggests that we consider them with kindness, saying, "it is possible that your life is full of people who are doing their best and deserve to be respected. I believe that the world requires more people who are able to look at negative things and transform it to something positive. That is at least my aim." In an essay later on the merging process "Life can be so better for everyone when we allow people into." Jim also talks about a license plate that he noticed, asking, "Izzitme?" After revealing the motives of the owner of the license plate for the plate, Jim talks about how we can utilize this question to think about "Is this me?" and conclude that when there's an issue, we are at least partially responsible, and assuming responsibility can result in healing. Jim is aware that the real-life road trip will never end. We must constantly strive to observe the guidelines of the road and be aware of our driving. The book Driving Lessons For Life is a useful and enjoyable reminder of the many aspects of life and driving that we all can benefit from. As Jim says in the book's concluding paragraph, "You have to persist in the direction you wish to take and never let the destination slip away. There are no stops on the way towards a more fulfilling and satisfying life. In addition, the road is always under construction. There will be more hills to climb, potholes to avoid and other things to see. In so many ways, it's thrilling to know that this particular trip will never be the same again.

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