A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of an airport. As she would need to wait several hours, she decided to buy a book to spend her time. She also bought a package of cookies.
She sat down in the armchair, in the VIP room of the airport to rest.
Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading. When she took out the first cookie the man took one also. She felt irritated but said nothing. She just thought “What a nerve! If I was in the mood I punch him for daring!”
For each cookie she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her but she didn’t want to cause a scene. When only one cookie remained, she thought: “Ah…what will this rude man do now?”
Then, the man, taking the last cookie, divided it into half, giving her half. Ah! That was too much! She was much too angry now! In a huff, she took her book, her things, and stormed to the boarding area.When she sat down in her seat inside the plane, she looked into her purse to take her eyeglasses, and, to her surprise, her packet of cookies was there, untouched.
She felt so ashamed! She realized that she was wrong…she had forgotten that her cookies we’re inside her purse. The man had divided his cookies with her, without feeling angered or bitter.While she had been very angry, thinking that she was dividing her cookies with him. And now there was no chance to explain herself…or to apologize.”
There are 4 things you cannot recover:
The stone after the throw!
The word after it’s said!
The occasion after the loss!
The time after it’s gone!