Monday, January 7, 2013

A Rush to Judgment: Thoughts for the Work Week Ahead

It’d been a long and exhausting afternoon:  my second consecutive day of hard shopping.  Tired, I clung to my near-capacity cart with an eye on the pop, precariously placed on the bottom shelf. Apparently my journey thru the crosswalk had taken more than the time allotted by one harried female driver.  Sidling up beside me, she cracked the window and screamed “GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!!!!!!”  Jamming the accelerator, she was soon gone in a cloud of exhaust and kicked up snow. Startled, I gave a mighty heave ho on the cart and sprinted toward the safety of the parking lot. 

On the drive home I reflected on this most disturbing close encounter with a mad(wo)man and ruminated:  What sort of rage/frustration would fuel someone to act so boorishly?  What must this person be like at home with her pets/children/spouse/family/neighbors???  At best, I had impeded her progress by perhaps two minutes.  What in the world could warrant rage over such a brief delay?  I saw no flashing red light so it seems she was not an emergency worker.  Did acting out in such a rude manner make her feel better?   Did it help her reach her destination quicker?

What a relief to reach the sanctuary known as home and the welcome of my wildlife friends.

But the memory made me question my own past behavior.  In all honesty, although I would never verbalize my feelings, there have been times when I’ve been in a bad mood and silently cursed slow pokes.   In retrospect, I can say with 100 percent certainty that my unspoken, yet unkind, sentiment did not elevate my mood nor hasten my mission.  All I received for my agitation was indigestion and a splitting headache.  Plus, I have a sneaking suspicion my grumpy countenance probably dampened someone else’s day.

The voice of my mother came to mind:  Honey, patience is a virtue!  For your health, sanity and soul, slow down, relax and relish each day’s journey!  Lesson learned! 

Look no further than another mother—Nature, that is, to appreciate all things in their time.

1 comment:

  1. How very true !!!

    We all need to slow down, take a deep breath, and just look at the contineous wonders that are right before our very senses.

    I for one, consider myself insignificant in the grand scheme of things - certainly not "better or more important" than any other living thing and am eternally grateful I can interact with everything offered.

    True, I get in jams also - deadlines, too many irons in the fire, etc. But in these situations, I always remember what Jimmy Buffet said - NEXT IS NEXT. Good words to live by.


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