So what is worse? a lack of patience or a lack of concern by those causing you to lose their patience?  Let me cite some examples that I’ve personally experienced and you might have too:


  1. There’s a long line at the movie theater concession area and all you want is something to drink. You wait and are just getting to the front but there is a large group ahead of you.  When it’s their turn the Mom turns to her children and asks what they want.  They’ve been in line for 10 minutes and NOW start addressing what each little kid wants.  Of course there is debate and there you are waiting to simply order a drink.  Your patience has run out and little Johnny is still not sure if he wants Sour Patch Kids or gummy bears.
  2. You’re in the express lane at ShopRite with just two items and the woman in front of you appears to be in violation of the maximum number of items for that lane but you roll with it. She makes no move to get her purse out of the pocketbook until the very end and begins fishing for the exact change. ”Wait a second I know I have another penny here.”  By now you’re breaking into a cold sweat.
  3. You’re at the Dunkin Donuts drive thru window simply wanting a cup of coffee. The person in front of you not only orders a box of donuts but also a large box of Munchkins.  You would think an assortment would do just fine but no. ”Give me five glazed, ten chocolate, ten powdered…wait a second, make that ten glazed, five chocolate and five cinnamon.”  Can I tell you what I’d really like to see them give you?
  4. My wife constantly tells me I drive like an old man which I find insulting although I guess at age 61 it’s a fact that I drive like an old man because I am. However I am a true believer that the left lane in any multi-lane roadway is not for those driving at or below the speed limit. It’s for those who want to pass.  Nothing tests your patience more than being behind someone on the Parkway in the left lane holding traffic up because they are doing 55MPH.  Get over!

I could go on but you get the point.  Yes I (and you) should be more patient but at the same time people should show a bit more concern for the person behind them!

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