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Red, green, yellow: life lessons from traffic lights


Yesterday, August 5, 2015, in celebration of the 101st anniversary of the traffic light system, Google’s doodle featured the first traffic light system ever created. Traffic lights are the last things anyone would praise; Instead, people often complain about the fines they received due to red light cameras never seeming to work properly.

Those of us who walk on a regular basis rely on the traffic light system to cross the street safely, yet many pedestrians have strong feelings about traffic lights. They usually complain that the traffic lights take too long to change despite pressing the button several times.

The 101st anniversary of the stoplight system forces us to consider the positives of stoplights. The traffic light system represents the signals that arise in our lives and direct us to stop, slow down and continue. This article will shed new knowledge on those signals.


The red light represents restraint and informs us to stop immediately. When we see red we understand that if we keep going we can end up causing a major accident. Many of us complain about being stuck at red lights as we are always in a rush to get to our destinations. Those of us who use red lights effectively seize the opportunity to reflect on life.

There are moments in life when we must stop. Some of these moments arise when we act in ways that will harm our health, while these signs can also be seen when we act in ways that can negatively impact our families. We ignore these signs and allow our situation to get worse. When life tells us to stop specific actions, we must listen and take the necessary steps to change our lives and get back on the right track.


The yellow light tells us to slow down. It gives us the opportunity to analyze the intersection and act accordingly. Many of us do not hear the message of the yellow lights and we go through them quickly.

The yellow lights in your life inform you that you are living life too fast. If you slow down, you can make more strategic decisions that will bring you closer to your goals. If you continue to live at the rate you have been maintaining, you may burn out. Listen for your yellow lights and slow down.

Keep pushing

There is nothing like the green light. It informs us that we are ready to go and that we can continue our travels without interruption. Green lights come in a wide variety of shapes, but your message is still consistent – keep pushing.

Find the green lights in your life that encourage you to keep pushing. You may hit a pothole that causes a tire puncture, but you have implemented proper maintenance in preparation for the next green light. Also, why stop when the light says GO!


Every time you see a stoplight, remember to obey the signs in your life: stop when you’re hurting yourself, slow down to plan strategically, and go when life presents opportunities.


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