Bottle Released

    Sometimes in life you just wish people would do better. However, the version of better that you wish they would do is inevitably your version of better. This will usually not work because you are not them. So I say to myself, " Isn't it just obvious that such and such is not being carried out properly?" I once again have to admit that the statement is also not exactly true. This is a lead in to my story.

     Once again on the train I observed an action that gave me pause. I was sitting on a relatively empty train. I watched people as I always do. The information that is available on one train ride is just so plentiful that it rocks my soul. There was a man sitting to my immediate right across from me. The doors opened at the next stop and he released a bottle around the door from a seated position that landed under the train and smashed into bits and pieces. He literally let it fall in between the area between the platform and the train.

      I took an internal deep breath as the closing door sound rang out and I became transfixed on him. I felt my eyes preparing to burn through his retinas from mine. Then I realize that it would do no good either to say something or to continue to stare. I looked away and closed my eyes. The temptation to read him and his actions out loud dissipated seconds later. It was not my battle to fight and I had no business berating him. His action enraged me from the inside.

       Choosing your battles is a life long class that can be shortened by deciding which classes or intro to certain classes to flat out skip. You don't have to sign up for every class. I think of that short little situation and I realize that maybe he was never shown right from wrong? Maybe he has been hurt by someone and now he doesn't care anymore? Maybe, just maybe, there was a lesson in me seeing this man that will help me going forward. The lessons are always there for the taking..Keep your eyes open..Peace



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