Here’s an off-beat question: What if we existed in a world where instead of people giving each other “the finger” in an attempt to psychologically punish other drivers, we all had smiley faces we could light up in our rear windows to psychologically thank and reward other drivers when they help us?
I like that world. That’s the world of MotorMood.
A couple years ago, I finally gained the emotional intelligence to allow me to realize that it’s pretty caveman of me to assume the following:
A) Every driver who speeds past me is a maniac.
B) Every driver who drives too slowly in front of me is an idiot.
C) Every driver who pulls out in front of me or doesn’t merge in time is a jerk.
I recognize that at times, despite my best efforts, I myself accidentally become that maniac, idiot, or jerk; in another driver’s eyes.
In these past several years since turning 30 years old, I’ve learned to importance of shedding that victim mentality I used to have; adopting instead an abundance consciousness.
I realized a lot of my driver angst and frustration was simply occurring because I didn’t leave the house soon enough or because I hadn’t discovered the best side roads to get to work.
There I was, allowing myself to become emotionally bothered by the concept of traffic; though I myself was literally part of the problem. And I was mentally getting angry with other drivers for it.
Now, just a couple of weeks since my 35th birthday, I have graduated to a point in my life where a MotorMood suits me well. In case you haven’t yet heard of it, I’m happy to introduce it to you today.
MotorMood includes a remote control you keep on your sun visor (like a garage door opener) that you press whenever another driver expresses kindness to you.
For example, on the way to work today, I was needing to make an awkward left turn onto a busy road, where traffic comes steadily from both directions. A nice lady in an SUV waited for me and let me go in front of her. So what did I do?
You guessed it…
I pressed the MotorMood remote and lit up that blue smiley face on my back window for that nice lady to see.
(There is also a red and/or green smiley face available as well.)
As you can imagine, I am a fan of MotorMood. I am grateful for Kina de Santis, the Co-Founder and Vice President, reaching out to me. I guess she must have figured I would be a good fit for her product when she saw the phrase “family friendly” as part of my blog title.
Kina is so cool of a person, that in addition to helping create this fun product for people like me to use on a daily basis, she is gave away a MotorMood to one lucky reader of this blog.
To enter the (now expired) giveaway, participants left a comment here on this blog post for MotorMood, telling me why they should be the winner.
On May 10th, 2016, I announced the winner, after I had read all the entries. Here was the winning entry, emphasis added:
“This would be so nice on my commute in and out of Detroit, just maybe instead of getting the “bird” I will get smiles. Seriously though, imagine driving during rush hour in a busy city and needing to change lanes, traffic is almost gridlocked as it is and that nice person lets you into their lane. Maybe a lit face with a smile will make their day, a simple act to show someone your appreciative and thankful. You never know what someone is going through in any given day and sometimes a smile (on someone’s face or via a lighted up smiley face on your car) makes all the difference in someone’s world. Congrats on the arrival of Holly, she’s a cute little one and I am sure Jack (as well as you and Jill) are smitten.”
While I was truly tempted by all the submissions, the reason I chose this person is because they are currently contributing to the economy and revitalization of Detroit. I have visited Detroit a couple times in the past few years and was impressed that, despite what is said about Detroit in media, the city has a lot of potential as it rebuilds itself. I only met hopeful, hard-working people there. I am a fan of the city of Detroit.
So whoever “kshill01″ is, I’ll be emailing you for your address. Thanks so much to all the participants in this giveaway!
Seriously, don’t you want one? As for me, MotorMood right up my alley.