An opportunity to test this maxim was given to me this past weekend, when I was stuck at an airport for about 20 hours, trying to get a flight home. You know how you feel at the airport: usually tired to begin with, stoic about long lines and pat-downs, crying babies, and loud Public Announcements (“This is the FINAL boarding call for Flight #2450. We mean it this time.”)
You don’t want to know all the details, but our flight was delayed six times, and we finally departed 15 hours after the original EDT. This meant a night of trying to sleep on airport chairs, being cold, and starting to smell bad. The good news is that almost to a person, we helped each other, and stayed kind. The airline staff worked strenuously to keep us sedated, with loads of sandwiches, hot chocolate and “free miles” on our accounts.
I’m ashamed that I lost my cool at one point, and was terribly rude. While at the “Help” counter, trying to get re-booked, I chatted casually with the man next to me. A woman standing in line behind me said loudly “Are you two a couple? Cause if you are I’m going to be really upset at you taking up two agents!” One of my wordless wry smiles would have done the trick, but I was snarly and said “Well, we’d all hate for you to be upset.” Not my finest moment.
I saw her later and we chatted pleasantly, and I said I was sorry for being so snappish. She was actually a funny, decent person, who’d been under a lot of stress like all of us. Lesson reinforced: when you have a chance to be kind/extra patient and understanding, take it. Most people are mostly good.
And on a completely cheery note, here are a couple of quick pics from our blogger meetup:
Some cool Summer pieces to browse:
Header image via Unsplash.