I'm extremely confident to say this — the car owners in Russia have the cleanest cars in the world. I'm positive they wash their cars more frequently than the rest of the whole world's car owners. Yep, that's for sure because it's illegal to drive a dirty car in Russia.
Also, I would drink gallons of water before driving a car in Cyprus. You know why? Drinking, then driving in Cyprus is illegal; including drinking water! On the otherhand, you won't succeed in persuading me to drive in South Africa. Why? — believe it or not… in that beautiful country, animals have the right of way!
Let's check driving in Asia now. In The Philipines, particularly Manila, you must check your license plate number first before driving on a Monday. You'll surely get in trouble if your car plate ends with the numbers 1 or 2.
We asked some of the representatives of MMDA, or the Metro Manila Development Authority, why, and they explained to us — they prohibit those cars to run on Mondays, so they can limit the number of vehicles roaming on the streets especially on the start of the week. This, they added, results in more driveable highways particularly on Mondays.
As a final note, I found a marvel here if you want to see more of these strange driving laws.
I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.
My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.
Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.
Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”
How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:
Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
Smile and get cracking.
The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.