I admit it! I get honked off at people!
The guy who drove in the right lane and then made the illegal left turn right in front of me.
The person who opened up the package of lunch meat, ate half of it, then put it back in the cooler at Wal-Mart so I could buy it (yuk!)
The clown coming out of the theater who was loudly talking about the surprise conclusion of the movie I was waiting in line to see.
Every boss I’ve ever had (at one time or another – even the best ones [with the possible exception of Ron]).
I get honked off!
We all do!
However, (you knew there would be a “however”) let’s put things in perspective.
After the illegal left turn, if I wasn’t involved in an accident, it’s over. Forever. Period. Done.
If that person was hungry, I wish I would have known. I’d have given him the rest of the lunch meat, some bread, some chips, and a few other things to go with it.
The movie spoiler? Was anything in my entire existence impacted by knowing the ending of the movie? Remember “When Harry Met Sally” when Harry said he always read the end of the book “in case he died.” I wasn’t impressed then (as Nora Ephron intended) nor am I now.
Honked off at bosses? I’ve been a boss – many times. I’m sure every one of my employees had at least one day (and only one day – if I’m lucky) in which they got honked off at me.
So, why am I bringing this up?
“Peace on earth and to men (and women and children) of good will”
Let’s take the next few days to be people of good will. For one another, but also for ourselves.
Smile at the harried clerk at the checkout and wish him or her a Merry Christmas. They may be happy to have a job, but it’s a demanding job, nevertheless. (Been there, done that.)
You know you’ve got a dollar somewhere – put it into the Salvation Army kettle – even if you did so yesterday. It’s a DOLLAR, for crying out loud! (Okay, the economy sucks. If you can do a quarter – even that will help. If you can’t – that’s quite a bit different from “you won’t.” When you can – you know…)
Call a friend – better yet the friend who honked you off so long ago you can’t even remember how or why.
Give your kids a hug and tell them how special they are.
If you have a spouse or special someone, tell them that Mistletoe is optional.
After all that, kick your shoes off, make yourself comfortable and relax. You’ve earned it.
It’s a great time of year, isn’t it?
Hey! Wasn’t I honked off at the beginning of this blog?