Mindful Doodles #88:
I was at a post office in queue waiting to collect a parcel. The long, snaking queue was three lines long in meandering turns. The row behind me had a middle aged man, who said to the man behind him in the queue, “Please reserve my place for me. I’m coming back soon.” This is a common method of using the person behind you for maintenance of your position when you want to leave the queue for a while. The receiver of this request, also an elderly man, was flabbergasted. He respected this instruction as he barely moved an inch to move forward, even as the queue was moving. Behind him was an elderly man who had other ideas. He gently nudged the man in front of him forwards.
Mindful Doodles is a series of comic/ cartoon drawn on assimilating stimuli that comes into my mind. My surrounding and environment are dynamic. As events happen, the stimuli enters my brain and I pay attention to them. I am not mentally disturbed as I pay due respect to each stimulus. I ponder upon how I would deal with the stimulus, to manage the situation. I try to discover what lesson the Universe bestows on me in this encounter. I write my discovery as my Mindful Thought of the Day.
Why be mindful? By paying time and attention to a disturbing stimulus, you deal with it. It ceases to be new and disruptive to you. You have released anxiety. You have greatly reduced your mental stress.
Mindful Thought of the Day:
Do I think its fair to ask the stranger behind me to be a place marker and reserve my former place in the queue for me? What if I don’t make it back in time to take up my position in the queue? It goes without saying that the people in the queue will move on to take any vacated spot.
Writing prompt “maintenance“.