A lesson in putting yourself in someone else’s shoes

By: kmom14

Apr 21 2015

Category: Uncategorized

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Aperture:f/3.2
Focal Length:4.6mm
ISO:80
Shutter:1/1000 sec
Camera:COOLPIX S3100


I was heading out to go to work and running a little behind, but the sun was shining and it was nice enough out finally not to need a jacket and I was excited it was going to be such a good day. Just as I got out to my car the garbage truck pulled up not only blocking my exit, the worker dragged the trash bins out from the curb to the center of the driveway so the truck could easily pick them up, then he drove up the street to where he is in the photo.

I thought “really dude?” and my first thought was to confront him for being so obviously rude for blocking me in, then I saw how many other containers he had to deal with and was hustling to get them lined up as well.  I then recalled seeing an episode of “Undercover Boss” where the employees were pushed so hard to produce that one woman carried a jar to go to the bathroom in because she didn’t feel like she had time to stop.  

In that instance I felt compassion for the guy and decided I wasn’t going to let something so trivial get me upset and run my day; all I had to do is move trash bins back over the curb which I did and headed off to work and got there with minutes to spare and had a good day.   Had I gone with my initial response, I probably would have been upset after the confrontation. been late to work and it would have set the tone for the rest of the day.  

We cannot control many things in our life, but we can control how we choose to react and have found it is best to take a deep breath, consider other points of view and use a little patience before making decisions.

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One comment on “A lesson in putting yourself in someone else’s shoes”

  1. sounds like Liberal thinking to me!


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