Lessons and tests of character can be learned (or failed for lack of a better word) in every day settings by anyone, when you least expect it.
The other day, my Mother
and I spent the day together. We shopped and ate and the day was
getting long and we were getting tired and ready to go our separate ways
for the day, but for one last task we had to complete: the making of a
After shopping and waiting in line at Wal-Mart for
other things, I asked the clerk where I could get a key made, to which
she replied, "Down at the far corner of the store in the Automotive
section. I asked if I could leave my cart of already purchased goods
there while my Mother (who was in an electric driving cart to save her
from all the walking) and I started for the far corner of the store and
finally reached it.
"May I help you?" said the clerk
behind the counter. This was a friendly looking gentleman who possessed
a warm smile. "I would like to have a copy of a key made please, I
said." He replied, "Oh, we don't do that here anymore." My anger grew
inside when I said, "But I was sent here by the cashier up front, as
well as 2 other associates I passed along the way to your section." He
asked me if I knew their names, which made the feeling inside grow
deeper: "No, I did not get their names." I sighed pretty loudly when the
man said, "Well, I guess I better make a copy of that key for you after
all then." He smiled, proudly revealing that he was joking around with
me. This was the point where I decided how to handle myself. I could
get angry with him for frustrating me or I could smile and get through
this last task.
I simply said, "It's been a long day and
am not much in the mood for jokes Sir." He finished the key, I thanked
him, and off I and my Mother went.
Even the smallest of
challenges of how we react to things is important...important enough to
make me think about it and write this note *wink*
learned...I may not have handled it the way I would have preferred, but
the next time something similar occurs, I will reflect for a moment and