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Small stuff is just that

Posted by Kevin G on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I was walking back to work this afternoon after a morning of typical work stress, thinking about how our impending move was adding more stress, and I saw approaching me a young man in a motorized wheelchair, followed by a woman pushing a second young man in a wheelchair.  The sidewalks are not particularly wide, and so I prepared to step off onto the lawn to allow the young man to pass. Instead, he drove his wheelchair onto the grass to allow ME to pass. It was a little sloped and he could potentially have tipped over, but he gave me a big smile as I got closer.

I stepped off onto the grass and chuckled, "You need the sidewalk more than I do, go ahead." He smiled even bigger, and as they both passed, the second young man asked the  woman pushing him who it was who had just passed. He apparently was also blind.  She told him that it was a gentleman passing by on his way to work.

My problems and stresses suddenly felt very small. Here I was, feeling sorry for myself. My fellow travelers had certainly experienced much more pain and disappointment in their young lives than I had; yet they were able to give me a big smile and enjoy their outing on this day.  I returned to the office feeling much luckier, and a little foolish for the mental energy I had spent on small stuff. It was a good lesson. And I was glad to have it.

2 comments on “Small stuff is just that”

Jane C Says:
Monday, October 24, 2011 @12:51:20 AM

It's one of those little digs in your conscience that make you the pleasant person you are. That was a nice blog Kevin.

u k sandra Says:
Monday, October 24, 2011 @1:16:29 AM

Doesn`t it make you feel guilty about moaning about silly little things that really don`t matter.

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