Monday, August 01, 2005

Slow it down

In today's times, people are always on the go, in a hurry to get to this appointment, get to that appointment. No one really has the time to be behind the slow person or help the slow person or be tolerant of the slow person.

I was at Starbucks the other morning for my daily mocha frappucino and maple oat nut scone and happened to be behind a man that was a little slow.

I started thinking in my head when the man asked for juice slowly and opened his two hands full of pennies that I must be on candid cameras. (Hello, why get juice in a coffee shop dude! I have my money ready, how about I go first and than you can go?)

My first thought was he was a bum that found some money and wanted something to drink. I started to get antsy because we (the rest of us in line) all figured he probably did not have enough money and he didn't know where he was or what size drink he wanted. I shifted my feet for a second and looked at the employee helping him. Poor starbucks man, wonder how he'll handle this one. Starbucks man was so nice and joked with the "bum" in a friendly way and said

"let's count these and see if you have enough so we can get you some juice."

The "bum" who had a slur went for his pocket and got our a wallet. I realized than that he wasn't a bum but some poor guy that probably had a stroke or something and was just trying to live life like the rest of us. He pulled out cash instead and gave the nice starbucks man the right amount, got his juice and went on his way. I felt real stupid for judging so quickly and thought how nice the employee was not to treat this man any differently because he was taking his time.

The message here folks is to slow it down and when you do you might actually see things a little more clearly. (I hear that song 'I can see clearly now the rain has gone...' or something like that)

Okay deep enough for me tonight. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

Da Rambla!

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Becky said...

That's a good point, Selena. I have a newer friend who is bound to a wheelchair most of the time, and having to around with him in it has put things into a totally different perspective.