(PS: I thought you might like to know that I couldn’t use hardly any of the pictures I took for this post. Why? Because my zipper was down. In every single one. Thank you.)
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I always get really excited for Tuesdays. Tuesdays are service project days with the high schools we work with. Today we packaged food for hungry kids around the world at Feed My Starving Children. Our kids love it, it makes them feel so, so good.
On my way there, something happened to get my blood broiling. I was going 65 MPH on the highway, which apparently wasn’t fast enough for the car that came speeding up behind me. All of a sudden I heard honking and craziness, and as I looked in my rear view mirror I saw his middle finger pointing right at me.
Oh my gosh you’re kidding me bro. What an idiot… what a jerk.. what a…
Then he started speeding to my left, the whole time laying on his horn.
Do I look at him? Oh my gosh I’m so mad why are some people so ridiculous. Don’t look don’t look don’t look.
I looked. His middle finger was still cutting through the air and his lips were saying words that I would get my mouth washed out for.
Oh boy, I’m gonna give it to him. He’s really asking for it I’m so mad.
So I did it. My first instinct.
I stuck out my tongue at him as far as it would go.
And then I started laughing, really hard. I wish someone would have seen it… A grown man flipping off a girl for driving too slow, and the girl retaliating by sticking out her tongue.
We looked like 5 year olds.
I think this is why there’s so much anger in our world. People get mad, and take others down with them. Anger is contagious. It can seep in and destroy you. It can destroy your character, your reputation, and your relationships.
I wish I would have smiled and waved. But I couldn’t at that moment. I was mad. And I chose to be brought down to his level.
Happiness is even more contagious than anger. I felt it as I arrived at Feed My Starving Children and saw all of our Shine students ready and willing to serve. They replaced my anger with love, and excitement, and gratitude.
That’s what we need to do. Take the things that make us angry, and replace them with good.
Do good. Be better.