Rev. Jimmie Scott
This morning while conducting business on the phone, sitting in my favorite chair, enjoying a cup of coffee, I started to become agitated. The person I was conversing with kept reminding me her computer was slow. About every two minutes she would apologize. The more she apologized, the more frustrated I became. Finally, after about twelve minutes on the phone, we were able to finish our business.
After I had hung up, I started pining for “simpler times.” Then after more reflection, I had to concede that in those simpler times I was longing for, this would have been a more complicated exchange. The same transaction would have required getting in my car, driving ten to fifteen minutes, searching for a parking space, going into a building, perhaps waiting in line for who knows how long. Hooray for the telephone! Mark Twain said,
“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”
Have you taken any time recently to examine all the simple little annoyances you get upset about? Today, many of the tasks we want to get accomplished are much easier than they have ever been. They are faster, more efficient, and truly do make our lives easier. Yet, whining and complaining is more rampant than ever.
Quiet the noise! Slow down, and enjoy the journey. The ride is never long enough.