Dear Rude Lady in the Carpool Line who stopped to use your phone and angrily waved me around like I was the idiot. You are not 3. The world does not revolve around you.
I felt better for a few seconds. It felt great to get that off my chest!
Until the voice inside my head asked... "Really? This is who you are? Someone who gets ticked off so easily that you post a mean note to a random stranger on your Facebook page? Your posts are usually positive, funny, inquisitive... But mean? No. That's not who you want to be. You don't want to go there."
The voice inside my head continued. "Because when you dig a little deeper, you find the truth. You wonder who you have annoyed recently. You wonder when others have seen you as self-centered. And it's really hard to answer those questions truthfully. Because, like everyone else on this planet , you are just doing the best you can. You have days when you are sweet and helpful and have enough love and grace to go around. And you have days when you are impatient, annoying, and make bad decisions."
I erased my Facebook status 8 minutes after I typed it. And honestly, erasing it felt much better than it felt to post it.
I am blessed. I am loved by people who see my flaws and still love me. With God's grace, I get to start over each day. Each hour. Each minute if need be.
I hope next time someone annoys me, I can have enough grace in my heart to be kind and loving. For all I know, the lady could have had car problems and was calling someone for help. I let myself get angry too easily. So dear lady one the carpool line. I am sorry. Hopefully next time we meet, I will have a better attitude!
Like this! See, I can be cheerful when I drive!