Perhaps joy isn’t the first thing you think of when you think about traffic lights. I once described them as the way grown-ups take turns and I started thinking about that today.
Traffic lights are such an elegant system. Easy to understand and remarkably fair, they keep us all moving in an orderly fashion just because we all agree to it. We move forward and we let others move forward, everybody moving in their own direction, but all making progress together.
Traffic lights also offer a moment of reflection, a pause in our journey, time to enjoy a moment of rest. They give us a chance to look around at pedestrians and drivers, at stores and streets and trees.
Go, pause, stop – all properly timed in a regular sequence. There’s a lot to learn from the traffic lights.