A few years back I visited France. I went to the T-shirt area of a clothing shop, found my size and started heading for the changing room. A floor employee rushed over and said that it was a bit different in this corner of the world. We did not just take a piece of clothing and walk by ourselves. We had to ask the floor employee for assistance and he / she would get the correct size. There was no concept of trying things on I was told. I found it so interesting that I started noticing subtle differences such as this, moving forward.

Some differences I noticed, were not so subtle. In certain parts of the world, people drove on the left side of the road and had a free left instead of a free right etc.

Yesterday, I was strolling in the neighborhood and saw a senior citizen with his wife driving on the wrong side of the road. He was pulling out of the parking spot and was merging on to the main street. I did wonder if he was a bit confused with the sides, here in the US of A.

He waited at the stop sign and the next step was to turn right onto the one lane road. Instead, he crossed the divider and went over to the opposite side and was in the path of speeding vehicles coming right at him. I was scared and just stood watching and made sure that he crossed over to the correct side. He continued driving ahead of honking drivers.

I could have kept quiet and moved on, but something kept nagging me. Later, I made some phone calls and hunted down the exact address of the family he was visiting and called them to let them know what had happened. He had indeed come from another part of the world I was told. The lady on the phone thanked me for the call and reassured me that he had insurance etc. {Shrug}

So, how did I feel overall? I was conflicted on whether to make the phone call or not. I was nervous, as I was narrating the incident on the phone. I was doubting myself and thinking whether I was not being neighborly. I chided myself on why I could never shut up. Why did I have to say something when I saw something???There was also a teenzy weenzy part of me that wanted me to speak up for the safety of one and all.

There are multiple quotes that come to mind to summarize this post:

Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.


If you avoid the conflict to keep the peace, you start a war inside yourself.


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