Sunday, 21 October 2012
The Case of the Stolen Cookies
This experience isn't a new one. I have heard it a number of times through my life and I always enjoy hearing it. It is thought provoking and allows us to examine ourselves and see what sort of people we are.
A lady has to wait for a few hours for a connecting flight at the airport. So to while away the time a little, she goes and buys herself a packet of biscuits and sits down on the seats to wait. Almost immediately a man comes and sits down next to her.
He takes the packet of biscuits, opens it up, and helps himself to one. She is absolutely shocked, leans over and grabs a biscuit and sits back, fuming with anger.
A short while passes and he takes another biscuit. She is livid! She snatches a biscuit, glares at the man, who gives her a smile.
This happens again and again. Every time the lady gets angrier and angrier.
Soon there is one biscuit left in the packet. He takes it. She seethes with anger. He breaks it in half and offers her half the biscuit. She snatches it from him.
He then gets up and walks away.
Her flight is called and she makes her way onto the plane. She settles herself in her seat and reaches into her bag, only to find her unopened packet of biscuits, that she had bought earlier.
She is mortified and slumps in her chair, completely red faced and embarrassed.
Which of these people are we?
Are we quick to judge others? Jumping to conclusions and getting angry over perceived ills that are done to us. Do we let our anger fester and get worse? Then after the situation has passed and we realise we were in the wrong, it is then too late to apologise and say we are sorry?
Are we like the man who had generously and with good nature shared his packet of biscuits with the lady? Not getting angry or bitter. But going with the flow and remaining calm and happy.
It is a good lesson for us, not to jump to conclusions and not to judge others.