COMMENTARY: Steering Toward Kindness

(Last Updated On: February 13, 2018)


From Ellen Voie, President Of Women In Trucking:

Remember the book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum? If you’ve never read it, let me give you a few of the author’s reminders.

These are actually pretty simple to understand, even for adults, and I’m guessing you were told these “rules” when you were a child. If not, I am truly sorry if you didn’t learn these effortless ways to get along with the people around you.

  • Share everything
  • Play fair
  • Don’t hit people
  • Put things back where you found them
  • Don’t take things that aren’t yours
  • Say you’re sorry when you hurt someone
  • Live a balanced life

Unfortunately, it seems as if many of us have either forgotten or just ignore these minimal ways to avoid conflict with others. I cannot understand how people can be so cruel and negative. Look at the social media posts and you’ll see hatred and anger. Listen to the CB radio and you’ll hear some pretty nasty things from those anonymous voices coming over the radio.


My challenge to you is to be kind. I’ve started this movement with the hashtag #SteeringTowardKindness. It’s similar to the Women In Trucking tag line, #Steering TowardDiversity. Let’s work on making our industry a more accepting and warm environment.

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