Tuesday, June 25, 2013

That person driving annoyingly slow in front of you...

Today my thoughts revolved on how hard people can be on each other. More specifically, how hard people (including myself at times) can be on each other for silly things and without knowing what is happening in the other person’s life.

Here’s a short story that helped change how I see things. (This is summarizing a story I read a few years ago from my favorite columnist, Connie Schultz)

A woman was driving her friend who had cancer back home from a chemo session. This particular chemo session left her friend terribly sick. The bumps, turns, and hills from the drive were causing her friend to become sicker and so she started driving very slowly in hopes of not making the chemo symptoms worse.

The following week the woman was driving her friend to a chemo session and they were running late. To make up time the woman was trying to drive fast. She got stuck behind a car that was going slow and became frustrated with the driver of the slow car. Her friend with cancer put her hand on top of hers and said “We don’t know why they are driving slow, do we?”

Most of us aren’t mind readers. We don’t know what’s going on with the people around us. Maybe we (again, this includes me too) should all try to consider the possibilities of what could be going on in the lives of people around us before we get mad at them.

Run Wild, Run Happy,


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