I was having yet another problem with my car recently. It has 129,000 miles on it and it’s doing the best it can to stay strong on the road for me. Luckily, it wasn’t a big problem, just a new battery, but it still got me time sitting at the service station.
The weather was beautiful this day, an unusally warm October day, so I decided to sit outside. As I was sitting there, I decided to people watch those folks walking by the gas station. It’s at the end of a three way intersection so I had lots of people to observe.
As I watched, there were all kinds of people going by. Mothers with little babies, teenagers, a gentleman walking his two little dogs, a police officer and many more. While I people watched, I tried to imagine what they were thinking. And I found something very interesting.
There was a common thread. The teens were thinking about what they were going to do later on, the moms were concerned the babies were okay, the dog walker was worrying about making an appointment on time - the thoughts were all about their day to day.
We all worry about what’s going to happen day to day. Appointments, family, friends, animals, health, happiness, things we need to do. I don’t think we’re too different. We may have some different circumstances but we have the common thread. I wonder then why we think we are so different.
There are many differences between people and sometimes that’s all we see. Is it that we need to change our mind and look for what’s similar?
When we say the person on the phone was nasty, maybe because she’s worried about her child. Or if we have a bad experience with customer service, could it be something else is on the servers’ mind?
I would say we need to put ourselves in their shoes but we’re already there. We’re quite the same. We have good days and bad days. If we keep in perspective that we’ve met someone during their bad day, maybe we can make it better with a cheerful word or smile. Sure, it may not make a difference to them but us changing the perspective will make it better for us.
Remember, you are already in someone else’s shoes. You’re really not so different after all.
~Copyright 2010, Mary D’Alba (Spiritualitygirl)~
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