Reminder to not make assumptions
So, I found this piece of paper I’ve been holding onto in my car the other day. I kept it because it was a great reminder to me that things aren’t always what they seem to be. I had come home from work one night and there was a car in my parking space at my apartment. How dare someone park in my space! I thought I would deal with it in the morning so I just went in for the evening. When I was leaving for work the next morning, I couldn’t believe someone would have the audacity to still be parked in my space. I tore a piece of paper out of my day planner and wrote a scathing note telling this person, whoever they were, to park somewhere else and to not park in my space ever again.
I went to work seething and thinking that some people really have nerve. Well, the next morning when I was leaving for work again and actually had my space back, there was a note on my windshield as I got in. In nice penciled handwriting it said:
” I am so sorry. I thought you were parking in my spot but they accidentally told me 52 instead of 62! Once again I totally apologize, it will not happen again! (smiley face). Have a great day!”
So, there you have it. I’ve tried to apply The Four Agreements over the past few years, but that day I failed. I kept the note in my car until today to remind me to think outside myself more. Consider other reasons why people might behave the way they do. Quit assuming that it might be one thing when it is something else. I will now throw the paper away since I have captured it here. (smiley face)