– Robert Fulghum
Just as I was editing this message, I got a phone call from a repairman named Don who is scheduled to be at my house soon and is running very late. I could hear the stress in his voice as he apologized profusely and explained that he had car trouble this morning. I could also hear that he was expecting me to be angry or at least annoyed that he wouldn’t be on time. With a smile in my voice, I told Don, ‘Don’t worry, it will all work out,’ and he was so surprised he actually asked me to repeat myself, after which I could hear him breathe a sigh of relief. I often think about how the world has gone mad with speed, and how the only way to stay sane and healthy is to personally counter this mad push by relaxing, trusting, taking it easy, letting it flow, and remembering that all is and will be well. I just realized, however, that every day, we can give the gift of peace and a trusting, easy pace to others by reminding them that everything will work out fine, and being especially kind to them when they’re stressed about running late.