Since we've been jumping through the milestone of teenage drivers the past few years, we've had a lot of discussions about driving etiquette and road safety. It's forced us to renew our attention to the little things that we've pushed way back into our adolescent memories because most of us drive on autopilot most of the time. My husband and I have had to polish up our own driving skills a bit, increasingly aware that each micro-decision and every movement is being observed closely.
This brings me to the rolling stop. You know...the lazy "approach and pause" at a stop sign? We have a stop sign right outside our house, so we've had 5 years of watching stop sign behavior. We've mutually agreed that neighborhood stop signs seem more like a suggestion than a firm law of the road. They might as well be black-and-white, fading into the background of everything else passing by. [Exception: school bus drivers are emphatic about their stops, complete with all the squeaks and hisses schoolbuses emit. ]
According to a google search into this issue, I found this definition of a rolling stop:
"a term used in traffic law to refer to when a vehicle fails to come to a complete stop. A complete stop is when there is no forward momentum and the needle on the speedometer is at 0. In a rolling stop, the car wheels are still in motion and the car is moving at less than 5 m.ph. Failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign is a traffic violation governed by state laws. The longer the stop, the more discernible it is to the naked eye, giving a motorist a better chance of avoiding a ticket."
What does this have to do with Rest or Chasing Quiet?
Having been more intentional about inserting rest into the rhythms of my daily life and trying to be mindful about finding Quiet amidst the daily hustle, I've caught myself doing a "rolling rest." This occurs when I think I'm resting, but my body is still in motion (I've gotten up to do one more thing, or maybe 2) and my brain's speedometer is nowhere close to 0 (emails to return, grocery lists, packing for the weekend trip, send a thank-you note, wrap present for son's friend's birthday, schedule dentist appointment, make dinner again, etc.)