Struggling with everyday life issues


“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

I noticed this driver sitting on the curb in front of his vehicle deep in thought. He had just left work at a nearby bottle recycling depot. The look on his face told the whole story. A few moments earlier a work mate had parked behind him and I assumed tried to console him. He sat there oblivious to passersby for almost 20 minutes…. enough time to regain his composure.

How many people do you know personally who would park their car on a street corner near their work site,  sit on a curb and try to not only grapple with a crushing bit of bad news but also attempt to regain their composure?

The distraught look on this young man’s face revealed that he had received a bit of bad news. The nature of the news was not readily apparent but he was trying to handle it the best way he knew how.

It should also be noted that he is a responsible driver. He got out of his car and sat patiently on the curb until he had calmed down. He finished his cigarette, took a few deep breaths and then continued on his way.

Struggling with overwhelming stress has a way of depleting a person’s sense of reality.

The driver of this vehicle demonstrated that he only needed a few moments of sober reflection to come to grips with the issues that were plaguing him on this particular workday afternoon.

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Quote of the week: "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.-- Frank Herbert quotes .

8 Comments on Struggling with everyday life issues

  1. Mr Rogers was such a wonderful man. I love this quote, Gerry.

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  2. Been that guy, well gal, on the curb. Many times. That’s what curbs are for aren’t they? 🙂

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    • So very true. When life kicks you to the sidelines you end up there.But it is not a point of defet merely a resting spot until you are able to gather your wits and personal resolve and continue the fight. Enjoy the day. Thanks for sharing.

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