How often people are in such a hurry, or are so caught up in their own minds, that they do not realise the impact they are having on someone else. This is a broad statement, and I had a few example of this today. The first was I was waiting for my specialist appointment (sitting in the car) and someone parked next to me in a brand new commodore - I think she was rushing to her appointment - she threw open her door, it slammed against my car and off she ran without a backward glance.
I was a bit angry, then when I got out of the car in the pouring rain to have a look, my trusty 'Rat' (car) was fine, no dents. But that was beside the point. Then I started thinking as I continued to wait, how often do we nonchalantly do something, like this, and not think about how it may impact someone else. We live in such an individualised driven world, where we are so focussed on what we are doing / getting / working, we don't often stop to take a look around us.
The other thing that happened today was I was waiting in line to be served for lunch and everyone was "busy" and avoided my eye contact. Then there was an older woman who was running around taking, bagging and handing out orders. I was watching her thinking, wow she is good at her job..then there was a younger girl who was folding serviettes, oblivious to customers waiting. I'm sure we have all experienced this at one time or another. But rather than get frustrated at not being served, I simply watched the human behaviour and interaction - a bit like David Attenborough.
I think the big lesson from today, is to stop, take a breath and look around us. There is after all a much bigger picture.