Friday, January 20, 2012

Shopping Carts

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.

Noela Evans
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Hello Stuart
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Doesn't it seem to you as if the world is full of dragons and other fantastic beasts threatening our peace, our freedom and sometimes our lives? It does to me. History can be described as the carcases of former challenges that we have left behind us, littering the otherwise clear, straight trail of our lives. The challenge is always about who owns the path and who has the right to tread it.

I had a remarkable experience today. The law of averages must have broken down in the local supermarket. The place was packed with people and everyone had a shopping cart. The aisles are wide enough for two carts to narrowly pass each other if it's done carefully. But it isn't if there are clerks stocking the shelves, which there were in every aisle. I made my way with my cart through all the aisles around people who were examining merchandise and children trying to decide which cereal they wanted, and everywhere the frequent push cart full of goods being put on the shelves. The remarkable thing is that for the 45 minutes I was maneuvering around the place there wasn't one single act of rudeness or selfishness. Everyone was making way for everyone else and being pleasant about it.

How infrequently is that type of behavior seen? No, we have road rage. We have just read about people pushing and shoving each other to get on a life boat. As I wrote about recently, there even are people who seem to go out of their way to make life difficult for others. We have too much "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." and "I am woman hear me roar."

The fables that show up on our paths, the fire breathing dragons, the ugly, stinking swamp creatures or the talking worms, seem to bring out the worst in people. Do battle, slay the dragon, be rude to the person on the phone who is not responsible for whatever is wrong, be rude to the customer, don't give them an inch, if they are in your way with their shopping cart make them back up and get out of your way.

The great realization, the great gift, is to learn that the dragon is tamable. If you slay the dragon you never get that gift. Everyone seems to be out for revenge, to teach the world a lesson "I'm important and you're not." But the person is truly gifted who can calmly face the challenges, defuse the rage and not take revenge, who can be at one with the world around him, who can look out for other people, their needs and their safety and who can remind himself at every turn in the road that selfishness is a dragon to be tamed.

DB - Vagabond Journeys
Never Give Up
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4 comments:

Jon said...

I sure need someone to tame all the dragons in my town (come to think of it, I'm a bit dragonesque now and then.....).

Arlene (AJ) said...

Wasn't it great to have a venture out at the store and find kindness from everyone....such a rarity anymore. What a nicer world we'd live in if everyone could find a moment in their heart to be nice and friendly with each other.

pacifica62 said...

Are you sure you were shopping on this planet? Unusal for sure, but how refreshing. Life would be very different if everything happened this way and we were all kind to one another.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

When we leave games at ND, it is interesting how some practice courtesy and how some are selfish to get on car length up on others.