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For nearly one month, I have been driving for Lyft. I completed the training on how to be kind, safe, and friendly, and set out to make a little extra cash. Surprisingly, every trip comes with a Lyft lesson.

Sometimes, I drive four hours with a passenger, and other times I drive less than four minutes. Usually a conversation happens, and like any good bartender, I hear stories that one only tells a stranger.

Whatever the time spent, and whoever happens to sit in the back seat, I understand that the miracle of humanity has become my responsibility for a short time. When this happens, there is always a lesson.

Here are a few of the gems of the bunch.

Stay Humble and Motivated

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Late night pick up at a local fast food place. Two people pile into the back seat.

While discussing the ability to find employees, one of the passengers shares his dream of wealth and fame. With a curious intrigue, my question was, “how will you achieve wealth and fame?”

His response was simple.

“You have stay humble and stay motivated.”

My suspicion is that one day this young man will be running a corporation. A corporation I would work with in a heartbeat.

Lyft Lesson number one?

Stay humble and motivated.

It Could Be Worse

From time to time, I pick up a passenger that has health issues. They are generally slow to enter the car and they typically seem tired.

In some ways, the idea occurs to me that my life could be worse. In other ways, the notion that I might be a comfort in some small way by providing a service with a compassionate ear.

While there is a delicate balance between empathy and sadness, the simple hearing of a story often helps. While I do not offer medical advice, I always ensure the passenger feels safe for a moment.

Whether life is good or bad for me is irrelevant. In that instance, another’s story is most important.

Lyft Lesson number two?

It could be worse.

Be Happy For Others

Given the chance, people want to share their good stories. We all hurt at times, but we all have good days also.

With a little prompting and the telling of a good dad joke, most everyone has an event or relationship to celebrate. My response is to be happy for each of those tales.

Life might be difficult, but for a time, in my little car, there is hope for better days. This hope is never forced, however, it is always well received.

There are those happy about a new home and those happy to be out of the cold. Some passengers celebrate the last meal and others celebrate million dollar homes.

Whatever the topic, I am genuinely happy to hear the tale. While that is not measurable in a tangible way, I like to think that it matters somehow.

Lyft Lesson number three?

Be happy for others.

Send Gratitude and Love

Two things that travel faster than my car are gratitude and love. They are faster, but they are just as important as my back seat.

Before confirming each ride, it has become my habit to send gratitude and love ahead of me. In a real way, it keeps the ride ahead smooth and calm.

This is my practice in life as well as with ride sharing, though in this case, it is immediately noticeable. Simply put, it helps me focus on being a help to those who need it.

Whatever that help might be.

I rarely offer advice, but what I have to give is gratitude and love. This seems to be what most people deserve and crave.

Lyft lesson number four?

Send gratitude an love.

Windshield Time

In the corporate world, we called a driving meeting “windshield time”.

Some people might believe I have dropped out of the game by driving for Lyft. Nothing could be farther from any truth.

I am learning every day. About real life.

Perhaps, I am still changing the world one smile at a time. Maybe what I do helps in more ways than even I might think.

Could this be Lyft lesson number five?

Do what you can when and where you are able?

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