Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The little irritations of life.

Wow, two posts in one day! Just felt called to write this post on my lunch break.

2015 Goal No. One:

To not be easily offended and maintain a positive, patient attitude.

Well, I am already an easy going type person, or so I thought.  Here's the day's minor irritations that "almost" offended me. (so far) Ha!

1.  We order supplies at my office from an office supply company, who has a delivery man to deliver the supplies.  Recently, one of our orders was doubled accidentally by who ever packed it up.  When I realized this, I went through and got out only the part we were billed for and called the office supply company to let them know that they should pick up the products that we weren't supposed to get.

Well, that's being an honest and nice person in my opinion.  But, the delivery man was highly irritated to have to come pick it up because, he felt sure I'd be ordering more of the same products and then he'd just be bringing them back.  Well yes, I'm sure I would, but I didn't need them at that time and it wouldn't be that easy to get the paperwork straightened out.  

Sure enough, today I ordered a couple of the items that he had picked up 2 weeks ago, and he was making little comments to me and others in the office that he "knew" this would happen.    WELL, pardon me for being honest.

2.  Did you know that people driving in parking lots will run right into you if you don't watch them?  NUF SAID!

3.  I went through the drive through at a fast food restaurant.  The line moved fast and I got the right food..... but now I know why the line moved so fast.  No straw in the bag and a knife instead of a spoon.  You ever tried to eat chili with a knife?

4.  Did you know that in rural North Carolina, tractors drive on the highway even when its January and its below freezing weather.  And they don't pull off the highway, even when they could just keep going down the side of the road, even when there is a LOONG line of traffic behind them trying to get to work on time?  NUF SAID!

5.  Our power was off for 1/2 hour this morning at the office.  This didn't bother me too much, but thought it was worth mentioning. I think the person who hit the pole that caused it was having a much worse day!

To put these minor things into perspective, I am so thankful to have a job, a car and food!  Sometimes not being easily offended is just a matter of having patience with other people.  I sure do need their patience with me on a regular basis!  If I was driving a tractor, I would get out of people's way, but if I was working at that drive through, I am sure I'd leave out stuff and put in knives instead of spoons, when under pressure.

So to quote a title of a book published a few years ago, "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff, and Its all Small Stuff".

I need to ALWAYS remember that every person I come into contact with has a story and I never know what they are dealing with.   

The positives that I experience every day far outweigh the little irritations that come my way.  How about you?  What irritates you?


Terri said...

I'm sorry you are having one of those days but this post made me laugh out loud! Hope it ends on a better note, Debbie.

Little Penpen said...

Maybe the delivery man should have talked his boss into letting you guys just keep the over stock. lol That's when you want to say: " they DO pay you to do deliveries, right? so what's your problem? " I know I have days like that too!!!!

Little Penpen said...

Oh yeah, I got behind a lady in Belk today who was trying to return/exchange blue jeans for her sons. The cashier was being so HATEFUL to her! I wanted to call the cashier out for her, but instead, I struck up a nice conversation with the customer, about how hard it is to find blue jeans these days. ;) I kept thinking that the little woman behind the register needed to go home.

Auntie M said...

Good examples of why we should not jump to conclusions too fast!!You make many good points as you look back on these situations.

Very perceptive and thoughtful young lady you are!!!!

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