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It's funny, how we all think of ourselves as the good guys, right?
Snubbed by a reckless driver cutting us off. TSK.
Dissed by a rude patron stepping in front of us in line though we have CLEARLY been waiting there longer. HMPF!
Ignored by our offspring, significant others and/or colleagues until such time as another human selects to interact with us. Then and only then is our undivided attention required: UM, HELLO, PATTY/MOM - I'M TRYING TO TALK TO YOU, COULD YOU HANG UP THE PHONE & LISTEN TO ME?
This from the same person who hasn't listened to a word I've said since circa 1998 and the progeny who has SERIOUS separation anxiety ... from his smart phone about 23.5 hours per day. I digress.
The point is, from our perspective, we're almost always the injured party, now aren't we? Poor little us. And we even pat ourselves squarely on the back when we do the right thing. Which, by the way, isn't heroic; it's what we s'posed to do, Capisce?
So, after I'd complained to the customer service folks at Amazon Prime (which I single-handedly subsidize with monthly online business, BTW) that one of my packages was missing after having been left in a non-secure spot; they immediately treated me like...the good guy.
Apologies aplenty and a gift card for the charge of the purchase/shipping. Done faster than the pit crew changes a tire at the Daytona 500, yo.
And about two hours later, my stuff appeared. GULP. So, I did the right thing.
I called and told them that, while the delivery WAS late and left in a precarious place...it actually DID arrive. "Great thanks for telling us, we'll be charging you back the amount of the gift card," said Amazon Girl.
Well drats, I thought but, knowing it was the right thing, I gulped again. "Okay. Even the shipping, huh? Well, yeah it's only fair," I said politely.
"Well, we really appreciate your honesty, let's see what we can do...please hold." And I did, my breath.
When I woke up and found myself still talking to Amazon, I thought I was dreaming when I heard: "You know what; we're gonna go ahead and waive that charge for you today, Patricia." Who knew Amazon Prime were the good guys?
The moral for Ash Wednesday? You don't have to stop eating...or sleeping...or breathing for Lent. Just stop and think about others, think about giving instead of taking; think about doing the right thing.
Then do it...like the good guy you are. #Lent #Reflect #Give #BeKind #Pray #Peace