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Friday, February 28, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Choose

I got home tonight and found the parking lot in front of my building filled with cars - overflow from the restaurant across the street. This inevitably annoys me immensely. But tonight when the temperature is supposed to be well below zero and I need to pack my car to leave for the weekend, I really don't want to move my car at 10 p.m. when the cars are likely to finally leave.

I want to do something to those cars that will let the owners know that this isn't their parking lot and they don't belong here. Dastardly things run through my mind and then is when I must choose how to respond. The choices are wide open really, I can do any number of things . . . but with each choice comes a consequence. Am I willing to accept the consequence if I choose to express the annoyance and anger I feel?

No . . . I'm not. I'm not willing to bear the punishment . . . OR the guilt that would shred my insides.

Still I must choose because my anger motivates me to misbehave. In the end I choose not to do anything, but this is not a satisfactory choice, even though it is the wise one, for I still have to leave my warm apartment to move my car and load it at 10:30 p.m. on a frigid, windy night.

What and how do you choose when faced with two unsatisfactory ways to resolve a problem? 


  1. Now that is a hard one....maybe a 'polite' note copied from your printer and placed on their windows. Or let the air out of all their tires. But then they would just stay longer. I think you made the wise choice. I am here from FMF. You posted just before me. Hope your weekend is a good one. Stay warm

  2. Well, I hate to use cliches but, this is where the rubber meets the road, eh? It's so very easy to talk about making right choices, but no so very easy to always make them! So sorry for your dilemma. It reminds me of an ongoing problem we have with trespassers, of which I feel very strongly about!