A young lady
was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would
need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to spend her time. She
also bought a packet of cookies. She sat down in
an armchair, in the VIP room of the airport, to rest and read in peace.
armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next
seat, opened his magazine and started reading.
When she took
out the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated but said
nothing. She just thought "What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would
punch him for daring!"
For each cookie
she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her but she didn’t
want to cause a scene.
When only one
cookie remained, she thought, "Ah .. what this abusive man do now?"
Then, the man taking the last cookie divided it into half, giving her one
Ah, that was
too much! In a huff, she took her book, her things and stormed to the
When she sat
down in her seat, inside the plane, she looked into her purse to take her
eyeglasses, and, to her surprise, her packet of cookies was there,
untouched, unopened! She felt so
ashamed! She realized that she was wrong. She had forgotten that her
cookies were kept in her purse.
The man had
divided his cookies with her, without feeling angered or bitter…while she
had been very angry, thinking that she was dividing her cookies with him.
And now there was no chance for her to explain, nor to apologize.
There are four
things that we cannot recover:
…after the throw!
The word….after it’s said!
The occasion…after the loss!
The time…after it’s gone!
Never do something permanently stupid
because you are temporarily
make a decision when you're
angry. Never make a promise when
By Tim Pedrosa
onto anger is like holding onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing
it at someone else; you're the one who gets burned. Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are
cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of
resentment are forgotten. ~Buddha