By the Side of the Road

Yesterday, as I was reading some more about the Enneagram, especially about my own Enneagram number (8), I came across this paragraph:

Eights’ main concern is personal freedom.  They hate to feel controlled.  They’re already encumbered by too many rules, too many bureaucrats, and too many brain-dead drivers on the road.  Traffic is a small instance of Eights’ inner predicament.  When the energy’s up, they want to be weaving through the cars and barreling down the highway, but there they are, strapped in by a seatbelt and stuck in a mindless morass.[1]

I’m not implying that being stuck in traffic is fun for anybody, but y’all, this is what I wished I’d written when my CPE supervisor asked me what my assertive driving was about.  It’s not about winning.  It’s not even really about getting my anger out.  When I have all this unused/potential energy contained within me, getting stuck in traffic is just another way that I am forced to contain my energy and forward momentum.

Of course, if I weren’t stuck in traffic from time to time, I would miss sights like this by the side of the road:

“Crucified By the Side of Dekalb Avenue”

I drive past this area every weekday.  I don’t know how many times I passed by it before I noticed it because I was stuck in traffic.  Children’s toys.  Crucified.  By the side of the road.  Subtle.  Striking.  Visible.  Invisible.  Somehow it feels a bit prophetic.

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[1] Palmer, Helen.  The Enneagram in Love and Work: Understanding Intimate and Business Relationships (New York: HarperCollins, 1993) 212.

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