A Simple Act of Patience
--by megs, posted Nov 15, 2008
Recently we've had a popular department store open in our area. It's been the talk of the town for months!! On about the third day of the grand opening, I thought I'd stop by to check it out. I noticed right away that the parking area was extrememly busy.
As I was about to exit my car, a lady was about to enter her car to leave. She was parked on the opposite side of me and there was a four way stop behind our parking areas. As the lady tried to back out to leave, some of the shoppers were extremely rude to her!! They yelled and beeped their horns at the lady and she had a look of terror on her face. She looked at me and threw up both of her hands as if she didn't know what to do.
I gestured for the lady to put her window down and I told her that she was doing just fine. She smiled and seemed to relax. I then became her rear view mirror as it was hard for her to see behind her while backing out of the parking space. As I watched for safety, she was able to back out enough to drive forward.
At this point, she was smiling even more! She thanked me many times. I felt that many of the other drivers weren't sympathetic enough toward the nervous woman. I was happy to help that lady feel more confident. Besides that, who knows, we may have avoided a potential accident with the simple act of patience and kindness :)