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What to Do When You Get Pulled Over for Speeding

This afternoon I got pulled over by a police officer in a huge SUV.

He followed me for a long time before finally turning his lights on.  I couldn’t breathe.  I was panicking inside.  I knew I was speeding, because when I drove past him, I glanced down at my speed.  72 miles an hour.  OMG.  What is the speed limit on that road?  45? 55?

(For the record, I am not a speeder, usually.  My husband often gets annoyed with me for driving too slow and being afraid to drive more than a few miles over the speed limit on highways.)

The officer came to my window and asked for my license and registration.  I handed them to him and he said he would be back in a moment.  He walked back into his SUV behind me.

I felt like I was 7 years old and in big trouble.  I actually felt like crying.  But I’m not seven and I am allowed to make a mistake and speed and I am allowed to get a ticket.  I do not need to be perfect and good all the time.

I was starting to feel less panicked.  I can handle this, I thought.  It’s okay.

Then I realized that I could add my powerful loving energy to the situation.  I called in all the angels around me and asked for their help.  I would send love to the officer.  Like, big time loving thoughts, prayers and blessings.  I closed my eyes.  I imagined beams of white light swirling around him and his vehicle.  I wished only good for him and his family.  I hoped he felt abundant and loved.   I prayed that he would be safe and appreciated in his work.  I imagined a beam from my heart to his- soul to soul- may you be happy, may you shine, may you have peace.

The thing about sending love to someone else is that it always comes back around again to me.  I felt washed over in caring and compassion for this guy.  It didn’t even matter at all if I got a ticket by the time he came back to my car.

I had found love instead of fear.

He leaned down toward my window and made eye contact with me.  He said, “I really don’t want to give you a speeding ticket.  So I’m going to give you this lesser traffic violation from the township.  It won’t go on your record or cost nearly as much.”

He explained a little more about how to mail the ticket and really minimized it’s importance.  He seemed almost sad that he had to give me a ticket at all.

With complete presence I said, “Thank you so much for being so nice to me.”

He replied, “Thank you, for being so nice to me.”

And then he stood in the road and held traffic back, waving me on when it was safe to pull out and into the road.

Thank you.  May you be well.


{ 35 comments… add one }
  • Jules February 16, 2012

    Wow. Lori. The power of love – felt all around us. So glad that this experience was a *good one* xx

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      Thank you so much Jules..i so appreciate you 🙂

  • Melanie February 16, 2012

    The lesson to me here is be nice to EVERYONE even if they don’t have the power to give you a ticket; even if they haven’t caught you doing something you shouldn’t have; Police often get a lot of crap for a lot of things. You changed his day by having some compassion for HIM. He will now (whether he is conscious of it or not) be kinder/gentler to the next person. Let’s keep the love going!!

    PS….my friend, Kathy, gave me one of your prayer flag banners and a birthday card with one of your dog paintings on it. I LOVE them both!!

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      oh, YAY! Thank you for your sweet comment and for letting me know that you have one of my prayer flags. much love to you.

  • kathryn February 16, 2012

    wow…thanks for sharing that…what a powerful magician you are!! I will always remember this story!!

  • Julia February 16, 2012

    Oh, Lori…I have tears. This is the sweetest. I am continually amazed, blown away, by the power of love.

    These words: “The thing about sending love to someone else is that it always comes back around again to me.”

    couldn’t be truer. It always comes back around. So beautiful.

    Thank you for filling my heart with your words today. May you be happy, may you shine, may you have peace.



    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      ah, Julia. I adore you so.

  • Michele Clausen February 16, 2012

    Wow! Imagine summoning love in any tense situation w old work. Imagine if we all did that? The world would be a peaceful place. You inspire me, Lori. Thank you.

  • Liv @ Choosing Beauty February 16, 2012

    you are such a great storyteller and love-spreader. what an amazing post!

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      oh my gosh, Liv. Thank you for saying I am a storyteller. I have been struggling for the words to describe my writing. I tell stories. So simple, really. Thanks so much Liv. Love you to the moooooon!

  • aimee February 16, 2012

    that’s my girl! 🙂

    • LoriP February 17, 2012


  • Alia February 16, 2012

    Lori, this has brightened my day. The power of true Love in action. I am imagining a world where we do this every day with everyone. How beautiful it is. Thank you for reminding me of what is important. LOVE.

    Your shine, my friend. I love you dearly.

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      Thank you Alia- YOU shine. Love you.

  • Lindsay Drya February 17, 2012

    This is the first blogpost I’ve read in the morning and I’m so happy now,
    things like that just make my day.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us Lori! 🙂

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      Oh Lindsay, thank you so much- that made me happy. Thank you so much for reading. xoxo

  • Pam Belding February 17, 2012

    What a wonderful example of how love CAN overcome fear!! Thanks!!

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      Thank you Pam. 🙂 xoxo

  • Amy oscar February 17, 2012

    Beautiful. Thanks for being a placeholder for love.

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      Thank you Amy. Much love.

  • Hannah Marcotti February 17, 2012

    Oh my darling how you shine! Thank you for that beautiful story.

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      Love love love you Hannah.

  • Robin Dikos February 17, 2012

    Beautiful thoughts of love made an impression in my heart. Thanks for sharing your feelings and story. I am new to your Blog…but it feels like I am at home!

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      Oh Robin, thank you so much! I am glad you stopped by. xoxo

  • Teresa Cash February 17, 2012

    Gotta tell you THANKS! I read your blog yesterday and I smilled. This morning on my way to work I was pulled over for speeding. I felt all those anxious feelings that you eloquently described. He asked me if I knew why he pulled me over and I said for speeding. He wanted to know how much I was over the speed limit. I said 7 miles but he said 10. When the officer went back to his car to check me out I IMMEDIATELY remembered your post. I then followed your lead and sat there purposely sending positives vibes his way all the while peeking thru my rear view mirror to see if he was receiving them. 🙂 I closed my eyes and tried to focus harder. When he came back he had given me a warning without a fine and said, ” I didn’t feel you warranted a ticket. Just be aware of the speed limits.” I thanked him and shook his hand. When he was gone I smiled real big and I Thanked You. Thanks for sharing your story and expertise 🙂

    • LoriP February 17, 2012

      OH WOW THERESA!!!! That is so great! I love that you sent love instead of fear or anger. Yay to that! Thank you for sharing this with me. I SO appreciate you. much love

  • Chris February 18, 2012

    Hi Lori, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  • Marcie February 18, 2012

    A testament to the powers of thought and love. What a beautiful and inspiring story. And – good for you for allowing yourself space to be ‘momentarily’ imperfect. One of the hardest things to do (if it were me – I would have been in tears..for sure!).

  • Lisa Gonzalez February 19, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this story! It warmed my heart and reminded me to send love to someone that I need to be kind to….right now!


  • Tara February 21, 2012

    What an awesome post. You are so brave- first of all to write about getting pulled over, and then on top of it to be able to send loving thoughts to the one who pulled you over!! I am totally inspired.

  • Kirsten February 24, 2012

    Oh, how I love this story! A good reminder, pull over or not, sending love to anyone can be a powerful experience!

  • Robin Dikos March 2, 2012

    Wonderful story…if we all could remember to send out love…this world would be a much better place 🙂

  • SusanGregg April 23, 2012


    Ain’t love grand! It sure gets nicer results than fear. I loved the fact that you just sent him love rather than love with please don’t give me a ticket.

    I also love the heart shaped stone. I find them often and have quite a collection of them. Have a day filled with magic and miracles. Lots of love going round.

    Thanks for the post and for your blog,

  • Jo August 21, 2012

    Hi Lori,
    I found your blog through Hailey Batholomew’s link and am loving it. I just had to comment on this post. It actually brought a tear to my eye! What a wonderful example of how you can change your emotions with thoughts. I think you probably made that police officer’s day and I love the fact that you both thanked each other for being nice; just beautiful and so ‘human’.
    Jo x

  • Stevie September 22, 2014

    Thank you so much for that. I just got pulled over at a speed that could get me arrested. Your words really just helped me calm down. My parents are going to yell at me but its going to be OK because no matter how much they’re mad right now they still love me.

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