4K In 7

During the last seven days, I have driven over 4,000 miles.

I swore I’d never do it again, but I upped my game this time and this trip involved a significant family event, coupled with significant family members.  I believe it was a success.

The reason I am telling this story is because if you drive 4,000 miles in seven days, you are likely to meet and interact, albeit casually with lots  of people.

This stupid virus (yes, I know that the virus isn’t “stupid”) has taken a toll on society. Some people have chosen to be victims, grumpy, inpatient and just miserable. Others however, shine, using the situation to spread goodness and love.

The government continuing to pay people not to work, coupled with the virus has created a shortage of employees in all types of businesses. Common sense, (remember that?) would tell you that if a restaurant is understaffed, you might want to walk in the door knowing it might take a little longer to get seated, to order and to be served.

Does it make any sense whatsoever to yell at the workers who did come in and who are working extra hard under difficult conditions? I witnessed a few of those situations, one so outrageous that the manager of the restaurant, after trying to satisfy the father/grandfather of a group of 9 (during lunch rush)  suggested he might want to go somewhere else as he was not going to tolerate this customer abusing the staff. (We were close enough that I had a front row seat for watching this fool for almost 30 minutes)  The guy settled down and since we had the  same server, made sure she got lots of smiling politeness along with an extra big tip from me.

Traveling through several states, there were people wearing masks, people wearing masks over their mouth but not their nose, people not wearing masks and people even driving on the Interstate, alone in their vehicles, windows closed wearing a mask.  We all have lots of information to digest and it is difficult to sort the facts from the propaganda.

I talked with and engaged with people at gas pumps, in stores and restaurants. Most were doing the best they could, smiling and being polite. That was encouraging and made me feel sorry for the grumpy guy at the Cracker Barrell, off I-81, just North of Roanoke, VA on Monday. He appeared to be surrounded by family, yet he seemed miserable. I wonder why?

Folks,  life can be and often is difficult, but we can choose how we respond to those difficulties.

Choose wisely and consider the words attributed to St. Francis:

Photos taken by me (this morning) at the Grotto of Lourdes at Mt. St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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8 Responses to 4K In 7

  1. Love you take on all this Ray. I don’t understand people getting angry with those who have no control over the circumstance either. Yep….this stupid virus. My husband and I got up close and personal with it a few weeks back and it is a miserable little bugger. Yes…we get a bit uptight at the things in this world we can’t control but eventually realize that we were really never in control anyway so we need to do the best we can in the place we are and making that space a little better is something we can do.

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  3. onthecamimo says:

    Ray! I have traveled around the country several times this year…not ignoring the virus but also not allowing it to keep me from living. I, too, have seen workers trying very hard to fill the gaps left by those choosing free money over employment. The saddest thing I have observed is fear. Even those who are healthy, exercising the freedom bestowed upon us by the powers that be are often ‘living’ under the black sky of anticipated new lockdowns. How tragic to let tomorrow’s ‘maybes’ ruin today’s joys. Thank you for the post!

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  4. Jim Borden says:

    kindness seems to work in every situation…

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  5. Margy says:

    When we lived in the UK, we travelled a lot and often had lunch at local pubs. At many of them, you would go up to the bar and order your food and pay. Then you sit down and either someone brought you your meal, or they called your number and you would go pick it up. It seemed like a great way to get the job done for an enterprise that had to keep staff costs low enough that they could stay in business. Maybe restaurants need to consider a new model in light of staff shortages.

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  6. Dale says:

    I hear you, Ray. It amazes me, each and every time, when a customer gives a waiter(ress) a hard time – especially when it is for something that obviously comes from the kitchen side of things. Like it’s his/her fault the cooks can’t keep up or messed up or whatever. I did this job for four golf seasons and let me tell you, it has only reinforced me to continue to be as nice as can be to the wait staff when I know whatever is going on has nothing to do with them. I ain’t so sweet when it is obvious that the person is not doing their best, however 😉

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