We enjoy reading “News” sources in order to be more informed of what happened and analysis on what it all means, however, since Tina Brown took over as editor of “Newsweek”, it seems to have become “Newsweek Light”, all about Celebrities with a little “relevant news” thrown in. I probably will not renew my subscription but there is one section that I do like. So I’m still on the fence. It’s the last page of the magazine. “My Favorite Mistake” which is usually a short interview of an actor like Ben Kingsley being called suburban, or Dr. Phil making a decision on his own that would affect his and his wife’s life which he regretted, or the famous musician, Lars Ulrich, who talks about the time that Quentin Tarentino sent him a script written with each scene choreographed supported by music of Metallica (Lars’s Group). It was an honor, Lars knew it in his gut but he simply did not understand the concept ! Lars didn’t get it! It was for the movie “Kill Bill”! He didn’t do it. Big Mistake!
Listen and You Will Hear
The other day, I was in the coffee shop and a young woman walked in, she was in a hurry. There was a short line but it seems she was a regular, so she asked the clerk if she could just grab a cup and begin getting her coffee. She would pay later. A woman who was in line in front of her said to the Barrista, “She’s in a hurry, let me pay for her coffee.” Nice huh?
When the harried gal came back, full cup in hand to pay, the barrista said “Your coffee has been paid by that woman”. This gal was so involved with being in a hurry, she missed the point entirely. She said, ” Well, I still need change for the bus!”
Really! There was no “Thank You”, NO Acknowledgement of a random act of kindness. No nothin’!
She simply could not get out of her experience of being harried, that she literally could not see a kindness in her path. It might have changed the way she saw her entire day. It could have changed her whole attitude about her life… (well, maybe not).
It did make me think, “What do we miss everyday.” What wonderful things happen each day that we over look.
What did you overlook today?
Magic? Goodness? Perhaps a miracle?
Oh, and here’s what I like about “My favorite Mistake”; it is that reflection that each mistake is a lesson. We did not understand the lesson at the time, but when it evolves we can see it very clearly in the rear view mirror. Perhaps if we slowed down just a little we would have a better view of the experience as it happens.