December 27, 2012
The holiday season has been particularly nice this year. It has been one of the most joyous holiday seasons that I have experienced in recent years, not to mention my entire life.
With that said, I am sort of excited for the holidays to be over. The chaos can be overwhelming and frustrating for an addict like me.
In fact, I am still reeling from a situation that occurred on Christmas Eve. I was in line at a very nice department store, waiting to purchase a last minute gift to myself…..gotta take advantage of last minute sales!
Well, this lady just walked in front of me as I stood there in line that I had been waiting in for quite some time. Apparently she was more in a hurry than I was as she exclaimed, “you don’t mind…I have to get some gift cards, and I am late for a work party.”
I stood there flabbergasted. As she put me on the spot, I did not want to appear like an unkind jerk in front of everyone so I just said nothing. Actually, I do not think that I even acknowledged her.
Meanwhile, yesterday I was at Starbucks when I encountered a similar situation with a woman who needed to buy gift cards!
In this instance, the woman was rightfully ahead of me but I had to wait in line at least 15 minutes behind her as she was determined to make out the amount of each gift card and place each gift card in its individual envelope, at the cashier station. It was ghastly!!
I was actually a little more unnerved at the cashier who allowed her to do it.
>In both situations, my part was that I was quick to anger and become frustrated. I dislike waiting, and I can be impatient and intolerant of other people’s character defects. To be honest, I was not in a hurry in either situation.
God divorce me from anger, frustration, intolerance, and impatience. Help me to be more empathetic, compassionate, tolerant and patient.
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