I drive my son 40 kms (to & fro) every weekend for his violin class. The music school is located near buzzing market & shopping area. Than driving the distance (in Bangalore traffic!), finding a parking spot is the most challenging part. As I get closer to the music school, I literally pray for a parking spot & every time I’m reminded of the story Swami ji shared about a guy who prays for a parking spot in downtown New York and the moment he find one, he says Oh! God don’t bother I just found one. Although, I thank God profously for finding one.
Last weekend to my luck, I found one closer to the school but my excitement soon died seeing a bike parked in a palce designated for cars & parked in such a way that it had taken away two spots!. I honked to see if someone would react. A lady at the store in front turned around & I asked her if it was hers, she denied. I requested her to check with the others in the store and she was kind enough to extend that help. She turned around and said it belonged to none at the store. Grumbling about the insensitiveness of the owner, I decided to move and look for another spot. Just then I saw a young man running out of the store waving to me. In my mind I said, here comes the jerk! He came to the bike and moved it with great difficulty. Only then I realized that he was not the owner but a good Samaritan who came out running to help, to move the bike for me to park. Although I thanked him multiple times. I was engulfed with shame and guilt for judging him in no time. Swami ji’s post tilted “Hold the rage” came to my mind. How quickly we form an opinion! I thought. This incident did really teach me a big lesson… To hold the rage!
Be mindful… Hold the Rage!