Wham! Thud, thud, thud, thud!

That was roughly the sound my trunkload of groceries made as it flew forward into the backside of my rear seat when I slammed on my brakes to avoid yet another vehicle making a sudden turn without using a turn signal last weekend.

It seems sometimes that turn signals have stopped being standard equipment on most vehicles and I’ve just managed to miss the memo.

Whatever the reason, my temper was nearing road rage levels by the time I finally made it out of traffic and pointed the car toward my peaceful home. It seems more and more people forget that using their signals is not just a good idea – it’s the law.

As I tried to calm myself down and thought about the frustration of not knowing where the others in traffic were going in time to react, I realized life can also cause similar frustrations. Many of us have trouble signaling our intentions to those around us and letting the people we care most about know exactly where we’re headed.

Even worse, we often give mixed signals – flashing an emotional left and then making an immediate right leaving confusion in our wake.

Communication is at the root of every relationship. Good communication starts with making sure we’re understood and that those we love and those who depend on us know what we’re doing and where we’re trying to end up.

When we fail to communicate we end up with traffic jams in our lives and snarls in our friendships.

We should all try to make sure we’re taking the time to talk to those we love and also to listen – being certain we understand the signals they’re trying to pass along to us. The result will be smoother traveling in all areas of our lives.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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