I keep trying to focus on the positive in my life. There is a lot of it.
You know, all that spirituality work, and attempts of transcendence.
But tonight, I just have to… HAVE TO… yammer a little. So I’m putting down the prayer beads, and the little Buddha stature… just for a tiny minute.
You see… We are on our way home. WE have been in Yosemite National Park for a few days, and it has been a completely wonderful trip. I mean… super nice. Surrounded by beauty, and peace, and goodness.
So, we board our plane this morning in Sacramento, CA. There often seems to be one standout…. on each flight. A person who creates a memory for this reason or that. Today was no exception. I must tell you… this particular guy was a real piece of work. That is all I can say about this guy. Gwhhheeeez.
Okay, I can say a little more. He seems to be a completely narcissistic, selfish, insensitive, rude and malevolent young man. Of course I don’t know him. But I’ve do know what I have seen so far.
He started out, two minutes after taking his seat, by giving the Flight Attendant holy-heck because there are no TVs in first class. “This is a 3 hour flight,” he reminds her… as if she didn’t know. How can there be no TVs on a 3 hour flight??? I mean… that could have been the end to all ends. “You better have a full service meal,” he goes on to warn her.
Ooooorrrrr….. what’s the guy going to do? Hold her down and make her cry uncle? Well, of course, Delta gives us a nice little meal. He complains to her about the choices. Meanwhile in all of this, he has admonished her because his Heineken’s are not being delivered quite fast enough.
A few minutes later, he is in a verbal scuffle with the guy in the seat behind him. Apparently, the guy had bumped Mr. Wonderful’s chair, and he wasn’t happy about it. The Flight Attendant had to come over and smooth out the wrinkles.
About a half an hour later, he starts chewing tobacco. Where THIS is going to go…. I just don’t want to know.
So. My point and I do have one….. the 8th deadly sin. Entitlement.
A lot of people in this world have a sense of entitlement. This or that is “owed” to them… and no one else really matters. Numero Uno. I come first no matter what. And the rest of the world can take a big jump off the bridge.
It bothers me. Maybe because at times in my life, I have been guilty of this very thing. But I am beginning to learn. I am discovering about higher energy, and the importance of being present in this life. Which means, being present with others.
I only hope I have never fallen quite this low. And I hope I never do.
I certainly don’t know anyone in my current circles this self-absorbed. And… I hope I never do.
As for this guy. It makes you wonder how and why and when this happens to someone. But I believe, deep down inside there is goodness. In all of us.
It just takes a little more time for some people …. To let this goodness eek out.
I think for most us…. we let the good eek out…. Whenever we can….
“When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace.” – Wayne Dyer