Challenge #27

I work at Chick-fil-A, and today a woman drove up to the window and added a strawberry milkshake to her order. The girl at the window asked the woman to pull around to the front, because the shake was going to take a minute or two. The woman flatly refused, stating that ‘If I have to wait, the rest of the line can wait too.’

First of all, terrible logic. She was the one that ordered late, she was the one that wanted a shake. Essentially, she brought the wait upon herself. There was no reason for anyone else to wait because of her decisions. Second, I can’t imagine having the mindset that everyone should suffer from my mistakes. Everyone has their own problems—the rest of the world need not hurt from yours.

Challenge #27, January 27, 2011: Today, no matter how bad things are for you, only wish positive things on others. Let your actions reflect that as well.


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10 Responses to Challenge #27

  1. Wow, people can be so egocentric..
    I bet she would lose it if someone did that in front of her and made her wait..

  2. Stef says:

    Metta is beautiful.

  3. If only more people had the gumption to be able to do this on a daily basis. Thanks for highlighting it.
    I know in my own life there are times when the impulse to offload my negativity onto others is great, but they’re all fighting some kind of battle, probably bigger than mine, and so trying to remember to support is paramount.

    Thanks again.
    Dan Casey

    • I completely agree. It seems like unloading negativity onto other is kind of a part of human nature. We think that seeing others suffer will help our suffering. But thats not logical and just adds more suffering to the world. It is like a family being ‘happy’ that the drunk driver that killed their daughter is now in jail. They think that seeing someone else suffer will cure their loss and pain. It just doesn’t work like that. Compassion is perhaps one of the best curers of suffering. That or punching a collapsible surface 😉

  4. Sy says:

    OK I did it. now I’m going to bed

  5. grandpa says:

    You kids have great futures, just keep up the positive flow and you will be great mentors for others. I like the way you choose not to let some sour-puss (as we used to refer to them) affect your mood. It would be interesting to be able to know their background and understand why they are being so megative, because there could be reasons. I like the story where the guy goes to work and has a flat tire on the way. This starts the day off wrong. He gets to work and one of his co-workers is in a bad mood and they get into an argument. He gets into a commitment he can’t leave so he misses lunch. The afternoon is not much better as his boss comes in and gives him an unreasonable deadline on a project. On the way home he catches all of the red lights and gets caught in traffic. So, he gets home, walks in the front door and as the cat walks in front of him he just kicks it across the room and says, “there – take that, you’ve probably been up to no-good too.” The poor cat got the worst of it and he didn’t do a thing. So it goes sometimes.

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