Recently, I decided to tag along with Best Friend to an appointment. I had some free time, so why not?
That beautiful Thursday morning offered refreshingly cool, fresh-smelling air. The sun shone brightly in a cloudless sky, and traffic into town was light. The cattle that are usually in the fields must have been sleeping in the barn because I didn’t see any as we drove along the back road.
We arrived early for his appointment, and while he was busy, I remained in the waiting room. I tried to read a book, but the otherwise serene room was shattered by an elderly man who was loudly combative with one of the staff (she was being so pleasant and patient with him, on the other hand). Well, that bruhaha kept me from reading.
Within a few minutes, Best Friend returned to get me so that we could leave, but not before the combative man stormed out of the building in front of us, his meek wife following.
By the time Best Friend and I got to the parking lot, Angry Man had just gotten into his car, slammed the car door, and started backing out of his space without looking. We were right there, paused on the sidewalk, and he was so quick in backing out and slamming his car into “drive” that it seemed he stripped his gears. He nearly ran us over. He flipped us the finger and shouted something. And he squealed his tires down the parking lot to the main road.
By the time we got to the main road in our car, he was stuck in the middle of the street. Traffic was heavy and drivers in both directions were attempting to maneuver around him.
It’s really sad that some people choose to take out their unhappiness and anger on everyone around them rather than work on resolving whatever problem they have. It’s really unproductive to spread anger, hate, and negativity. Plus, it foments further negativity throughout the world, even if that world at the moment is within the immediate surroundings. It’s bad enough the world beyond our own private spheres is spiraling towards discord, hatred, and a hot war.
On the way back that morning, Best Friend and I headed for breakfast at one of our favorite casual restaurants, and the pleasantness of the waitress, Theresa, and the owner, Lisa, and the laughter and light conversations from the other patrons proved that happiness, serenity, and positivity are far more productive in building a blissful environment.
Lady Susan Marie Molloy
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