Thursday, February 7, 2008

It's Not Personal

We had a major storm hit Toronto yesterday with road closures, traffic and transportation delays as can be expected under the circumstances. What was interesting is watching and hearing the various reactions in this situation.

Some people took it in stride and patiently waited for bus while others fretted and fumed as if the weather did not exist as a problem but the bus drivers. I heard one person complain to the driver as he got on the bus that they were 7 minutes late and 35 minutes later say to driver "I guess slow is better than never" in a sarcastic tone.

The person has sat there for 35 minutes angry about the bus being late. What they didn't realize is that the bus was not 7 minutes late but 1 hour and 7 minutes late. They didn't realize how fortunate they were that a bus even arrived.

But this can be how some people go through life. Everything is personal and they get upset about it. What a waste of time and makes you wonder if they ever have any good times.

Most things just happen through a combination of circumstances and is really not personal at all. If we can eliminate this kind of useless worry and aggravation then we could our lives more fully and more often.

Your thoughts?

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4 conversations:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Usually these are self important people. They are the only ones on the face of the earth that matter. They also usually die of a heart attack or some other stress related illness. Life happens while you are planning other stuff. It just does.

Carrying a good book always helps in a wait. It's a shame you had to witness this too. I always find it kind of sad. Sad for the bus driver and every one else around this very angry person. Have a great day Peter. :)

Princess Haiku said...

If they lived in rural India and that bus was a train, they would consider it a blessing and a miracle it showed up at all! :) Good analogy, Peter.

Peter Haslam said...

very true Sandee and they don't even know what they are missing :)

Peter Haslam said...

Good one Princess Haiku :)