When Buddha Drove the Bus


This week’s post is intended to be both entertaining and thought provoking.

Hello friends.

I hope that this post finds you well, rested, and enjoying life.

A true story from my youth

I grew up in San Francisco, California. My parents’ first home was in the Twin Peaks neighborhood located right in the middle of the city.

The elementary school that was intended to serve the growing number of children in our area was still in the process of being built. This meant that I had to ride the bus (a public city bus) to kindergarten.

To this day, I have fond, inspiring memories of an older bus driver who often not only provided my way to and from school, but made a point to connect with me and, through his example, impart some very important ‘life lessons’.

Have I peaked your curiosity?

He noticed that I was simply fascinated by all that was involved in driving a great big bus through the windy, hilly streets of San Francisco.

He not only allowed me to stand next to him; he encouraged me to do so.

He also engaged me and the other passengers in pleasant conversation when his duties allowed him to do so.

This bus driver greeted every passenger, made sure that the younger riders gave up their seats in the front of the bus so that the older folks could safely sit down, carefully made change, gave out transfers, answered questions, and just seemed to bring joy to everyone who rode his bus.

He made it a point to make riding his bus a positive, uplifting experience.

Simply put, he was fully present with and grateful for, his work and this had a profound impact on a young boy simply trying to get to school.

I may have learned more about life, service, and gratitude from this humble, joyful man than from many adults who were in the formal role of ‘teacher’.

What is this story eliciting in your consciousness?

My Aha:

What made this bus driver so special is the very same thing that makes all of us special: our capacity to be fully present and connect with each other in the moment.

When we discipline our minds to be more fully present with what we are doing, and allow ourselves to relax and fully connect with those around us several things happen:

  • We give ourselves and those with whom we associate, the gift of connected, inspiring relationships
  • We naturally attract circumstances that are just right for us
  • We tend to see more of the positive opportunities in life
  • We leave ourselves in freedom to gracefully leverage all of the blessings, talents, and gifts that we already have as empowered, fully present human beings.

I invite you to practice the discipline of being fully present.

As I like to say, YOU are always building your ‘relationship house’, make yours full of rooms you really enjoy inhabiting!

live, connect, love and prosper


Your Friend,


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Comment by williamtrimpi
November 6, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

Thanks Ron–That inspires me to further my work with youth–

Comment by stephen light
November 7, 2012 @ 3:13 am

Hi Ron

I love stories like this. I love hearing how simple day to day life interactions with others are lessons of inspiration and growth to others. You have been blessed with a role to share these lesson and I for one am grateful.

Thank you Ron

Love & Courage

Comment by Liz Hanzi
November 7, 2012 @ 10:33 am

Hi Ron,

Thanks for a great story. I agree with Stephen, many of life’s best lessons are learned by and through us opening up to the everyday graces in front of us. Isn’t is a gift to be present to them!
Thanks for the inspiration and reminder!


Comment by Frances
November 11, 2012 @ 5:54 am

Wow Ron what an amazing story. Simple and powerful. I am one of those people that love to ask questions as I am curious about how and why people do their roles. Most times people will open up and share, really grateful for the opportunity to have someone listen. And I also get a few people look at me very suspiciously! So love all your articles Ron and miss our coaching and chats xXx

Comment by Mike
November 28, 2012 @ 11:42 am

This is a great authentic story. It has helped me settle back a little and affirm some of your wonderful lessons! Thanks Ron.

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