There was once an older woman who locked her keys in the car. As she was struggling with a coat hanger to get her car unlocked, she prayed and asked God for help in solving her dilemma. Soon, a man on a motorcycle pulled up beside her. He was rough looking and covered with tattoos and said, “Lady, let me help you out.” He proceeded to get her car unlocked. She continued her prayer, thanking God for sending her this nice man to help her out. Hearing her prayer, he said, “Lady, I’m not a nice man – I just got out of prison for auto theft.” She replied, “Thank you, Lord. You even sent me a professional!”
This story reminds us that it’s all about our perspective. Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. The man on the motorcycle saw himself as a criminal, not worthy of this woman’s praise. As Henry David Thoreau reminds us:
The woman saw someone willing to help and the expertise to help her. As we make our way through the holiday season, look for the good in each situation and each person. In my last blog post, I mentioned that there are many opportunities to take offense at another person’s words or actions. Instead of choosing to be upset or angry, choose to be courteous and curious.
Do you have a story about a time you chose to be curious? I invite you to post it here.