It's so easy to complain about the stuff we all go through, and nice to have a place we can do that, but I thought it would be nice to share this small but reaffirming moment of my day.
I was driving my husband his doctors appointment in San Francisco this morning.(a 3 hour if we are lucky stress filled drive.) We have to cross the Bay Bridge and there is a toll station. It's very stressful because there is tons of traffic, and they funnel lot of lanes together, and it's not straight, so you think your in the cash lane and suddenly find your in the fast track lane (don't know exactly what it is, but I don't have one.) Today I miraculously found the cash lane and managed to stay in it. Getting close now and a semi truck in the lane next to me has been trying to get out of fast track and into cash and no one is giving an inch, so when I get beside him I stop and let him in. Next thing I know we are finally there and there is a truck trying without any luck to get into our lane. Now I feel I have already done my good deed for today, but decide to let him in too, after all I have been that person frantically trying to get in the right lane. I honestly don't understand why people are such butt-heads. So you go through two cars later then you would have, big deal. I notice the truck has a bumper sticker about growing and eating organic food, and I was even more glad I let him in. Finally we get to the toll booth and the worker tells me the truck guy paid our toll to thank us for letting him in. As we pulled out I look to the truck and he waves and we wave back. A random act of kindness made my day.
My kid is at the age that she is learning how to drive (we go a bit later here, and live in a city with good public transport so there is no need yet). I'm trying to instill in her the idea that you can see a situation like yours as a chance for good things like this happen, or you can get a stomachache about that stupid truck next to you trying to cut you off, the situation is exactly the same, just a question of how you look at it. Good on you for adding a bit to the positive side of the scale!
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