Spread a little Christmas joy
As we gear ourselves up for the festive season ahead, I thought I’d share this little story to help keep your life on an even keel.
It’s a sad truth that what should be the happiest time of the year is often anything but! Maybe, though, we can each go a long way towards keeping that balance.
I read an online blog recently where a young woman lamented her rude treatment on the New York subway.
She readily admitted she was overweight but nothing justified the verbal spray she received when she dared to squeeze into a vacant, highly prized space in the morning rush hour, lightly touching legs with the man sitting next to her. To rub salt into the wound, he then leapt up to offer his seat to a slimmer young woman!
Among the responses to her story, ranging from supportive (most) to criticism of her daring to think she could occupy the space (sadly more than a few), one stood out, a cab driver’s description of “the garbage dump response”. His reasoning - and who is wiser than a taxi driver? - was that so many people carry so much garbage within them that all they need is someone to press the lever and out it all comes.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we know exactly what he means - the pressures of modern life with such rapid change and uncertainty are making us increasingly stressed and fearful. Ask yourself how many times a day you lose your temper or at least come close.
Going back to that wise taxi driver, his advice was to take it with a smile and wish that unhappy person, whoever they may be, a good day.
Another incident in India where I was travelling with my husband and son proved the wisdom of that advice. After a long day driving across the country to reach Goa for the night, we saw a single light coming towards us on the road. Then, as the motorbike roared by, an expletive yelled at us in a distinct American accent, shattered the evening calm. The effect was so discordant that we all, including our gentle Keralan driver who had very few words of English but understood this one, looked at each other and simultaneously burst out laughing...
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