I’ve always thought of life as a set of traffic lights.

That red moment that prevents you from doing something, either out of fear, insecurity or just your gut feeling.

That amber moment that puts life on hold, waiting for something to happen or to change.

And that moment when life gives you the green light to pursue your dreams and achieve your goals.

Looking back, I wonder how different life might have been if I’d ignored those red lights; not spent so long on amber.

But, ultimately, I’m just thankful for all those green lights that propelled me forward.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
10 months ago

It hits you most as you get older and realise just how many of those red lights you’ve paid heed to, just how much in life you’ve missed. Great story Linda.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
10 months ago

It was great, Linda. I love it. I like your idea about life as a set of street lights. Traveling back those red lights of our life, it causes regrets and frustration. But if we hold on and went temporarily through our amber moments until everything well turns to the green that moved us forward. It was a very great story with relevance to the theme “light”. Good job.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
10 months ago
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You’re welcome, Linda.

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Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
10 months ago

I would have been better off observing more red lights! I used to love to skid through them, hoping to be unnoticed. Nice story – food for thought!

Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
10 months ago

What an interesting take on the prompt, Linda! I have a sweet traffic light memory. I won my first writing contest when I was 8 years old. My winning poem was

Stop on red,
Go on green,
And don’t slip through
On the in between.

I won a Gerber doll !!! I will never forget the thrill of that!

Juma
Juma (@juma)
10 months ago

Interesting take on the prompt, Linda, and a good read.

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Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
9 months ago

A wonderful interpretation of the theme, Linda, and I agree with Carrie about getting older and the different perspectives on those red, amber and green lights. If only we knew then what we do now but at least we can imagine and write about the other possibilities 🙂

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
9 months ago

A great analogy between traffic lights and stop/wait/go moments in life. The amber ones can be quite thrilling, when you are waiting in first gear, anxiously ready to take off and do something exiting.
How interesting it would be to read from our Voice family about moments in life where we went ahead although the light was red! (My own greatest example of this is when I left everything in Sweden and went to the US.)

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
9 months ago

This story resonates with me. I am grateful for those moments I had the green lights. A nicely written story.

David Drew
David Drew (@david-drew)
9 months ago

THis is so thought-provoking. Well done Linda. A great piece in a tiny package.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
9 months ago

I like this very much, Linda. It’s a great analogy. It made me wonder how many green lights we missed along the way due to fear of the unknown.

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