Hi and welcome! It is a gorgeous day! Grab something to drink and a snack so we can head outside. It’s in the low 70’s today with no humidity, which is unheard of in Indianapolis in the later part of June. We can’t miss out on this time. I’d love to spend some time simply relaxing and taking time to just be.
I did some experimenting with driving this week. Tuesday I drove only for Lyft and Wednesday only for Uber. I made twice as much the Uber day, however, I know that could have simply been the days I chose. The next two days I drove for both again. I was much more relaxed on the days I just drove for one or the other. Driving for both means constantly being on the move driving to a passenger or back to a populated area. It can be really exhausting.
I realized this week that I get to points where I’m so concerned about what someone is going to rate me that I can’t even communicate very well with them or think straight. I look back on the last day I drove, especially, and it honestly makes me cringe. It’s strange that I do this since I have good ratings with both companies, but it still happens.
I’ve tried to not be as talkative because I know some passengers don’t like talking to their driver. But, then, I received one rating where a passenger dinged me for friendliness. It’s hard to read people when they are quiet and only answer with short responses, but they often want to be talked to. So, this just adds to the dilemma. On those days that I really concentrate on being what riders want (even though it’s not possible), I become so analytical in trying to read people who I am less and less natural with them and can’t just be me, and, instead of going up, the ratings go down.
It’s the same in life. We aren’t supposed to live our lives worrying about what others think about us. We are supposed to be the person God made us to be, offering kindness to those we meet and being a reflection of Him to others. I’ve never been comfortable being myself. Too many negatives thrown my way, throughout my life, keep interfering with the peace needed to just be. But this is the gift God wants for us. He wants us to be at peace in how He made us and live fully.
The last thing in the world we should be focusing on is how we should be acting, even if it’s to benefit someone else. Doing so makes us completely self-focused instead of focusing on the other person. Just be.
~ Joanna Lynn