Neighbor’s Peaceful Slow Down Action

Before starting the car,
I know where I am going.
The car and I are one.
If the car goes fast, I go fast.
meditation poem (gatha) ~Thich Nhat Hanh

standing by her sign ~d nelson

standing by her sign ~d nelson

Aware how wonderful it is
to walk, moving slowly
feeling fully alive
step by step
on the earth
holding hands with loved ones,
a neighborhood comes together.

Realizing unsafe feelings
walking out on their sidewalk
in front of their houses
concern for children, adults & pets
neighbors now taking an action
using signs painted by children of many ages.

another peaceful sign 6

another peaceful sign 6

Please enjoy your drive
arriving happily with each breath.
No need to hurry
& sacrifice the journey’s joy
for the sake of arriving somewhere else
whether in space or time,
in that large, fast automobile.

A whole community can feel safer,
happier and more peaceful
when weΒ simply slow down,
driving mindfully through
residential neighborhoods.


43 thoughts on “Neighbor’s Peaceful Slow Down Action

  1. PigLove

    This is awesome! People really need to slow down in neighborhoods. We were just talking about that this morning here at the Hotel Thompson. Safety FIRST! XOXO – Bacon

      1. Ben Naga

        “I am a pilgrim and a stranger
        Travelling through this wearisome land
        I’ve got a home in that city, good Lord…”

        And there are no cars there, for sure.

        And there are no cars at all. πŸ™‚

  2. lauramacky

    I’ve been listening to an audio book about living in the NOW. When I (occasionally) remember to think this way, it helps me in every way to slow down and focus on what I’m doing at that moment and enjoy it because that moment will be gone in a flash and worrying about what is coming or where i am going doesn’t allow me to enjoy the NOW.

    1. ecohorizons

      If you are happy at the now , you can help yourself not only in the present but also greater things in the future will come into existence and reality. If God wills , nothing is too good to be true.

  3. Sonnische

    Isn’t this wonderful! Thank you for sharing this happy, peaceful, positive neighborhood reminder that driving slow on residential streets saves lives, kids and pets and adults alike. Btw, in NYC, our mayor Bill DeBlasio reduced our speed limit on most streets to 25 mph, to reduce pedestrian, child and bike accidents. Love this guy!

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you Sonnische for kindly making me aware of NYC’s compassionate public health intervention. In my experience, actions start with a small community of concerned neighbors. Wishing you safe walks around your slower blocks πŸ™‚

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kind, supportive message, Carol! i’m happy these nearby neighbors are making an effort to make life more pleasant for themselves, and me, when I cycle by πŸ™‚

  4. Thomas Peace (author)

    Great signs of caring! πŸ™‚
    Watch the kids anyway. People are crazy! Years ago, when my wife and I were participating in “Hands across America,” we almost got run over by insane, speeding motorists! Unbelievable!

  5. milliethom

    A powerful and very important message in this post, Smilecalm. The photos are fantastic and the poem describes everything beautifully. Safe areas for children to play are vital in any community, as are speed limits. Safety is a must. πŸ™‚

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for fully understanding & offering your kind words, milliethom! let’s all be safe, even if an added speed bump or two is called for πŸ™‚

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for kindly understanding, Prof Nisslbody! Cars have their risks. This particular street narrows, has an incline and is used by commuters, adding to the potential danger. πŸ™‚

  6. sheldonk2014

    Just wanted to stop by and thank you for your like,I live on a busy street no one seems to care about anyone or anything,I’ve seen all kinds of crazy stuff,this story could go on and on,see you soon

  7. ShethP

    I’m about to learn how to drive. πŸ™‚ Perfect timing. Thanks for sharing. The signs are great ways to make people think twice before wanting to speed up.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      good luck with your training, ShethP!
      that poem at the beginning of the post
      comes to my mind when I drive.
      cars can go pretty fast with all that
      power in just a slight foot’s movement.


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