Having a short fuse, I need to remind myself to keep things in perspective when something goes awry. Yesterday, when rushing to pick up my car, I got frustrated in traffic and feared I’d be late for the McCain press availability.
But, when I returned my rental car, the people at Enterprise were efficient and polite as were the guys at the VW dealership. On my way to Beverly Hills, I encountered remarkably little traffic (and this on busy streets!) for rush hour. While i didn’t get to the event as early as I should have, I did arrive on time and didn’t miss a minute of McCain’s remarks.
Today, after running an errand, I wanted to grab a sandwich at Subway before returning. As I turned onto a side street where I normally find parking, I saw a spot on the opposite side of the street, but a woman in a luxury car came barreling down the street, delaying my U-turn, later stopping right in front of the sought-after spot, preventing me from taking it.
I was frustrated at the obstacles caused by this one driver. (At the time, I used language that as Rex Harrison might say, “would make a sailor blush.”) But, as I was waiting for her to move her car, I caught sight of a sign indicating that parking on that street was restricted to permit holders at all times, not merely in the evenings as I had thought. Had it not been for her blocking me, I might have missed the sign and gotten a ticket.
After seeing the sign, I headed back to Santa Monica Boulevard and found a spot which had not been available just moments before. This woman whom I had first thought was preventing me from finding a parking spot caused a delay which allowed me to find a spot that in her absence would not have been available.
I thought I’d share these stories with you, particularly those who, like me, have a short fuse as a reminder to keep our cool. Things do work out. And seems that working out is facilitated by people who, in the moment, seem to be blocking our paths.