Tight squeeze: Mindful Doodles #43

Be mindful of personal space.

I was at a bus-stop, seated next to an elderly man and his adult daughter. There was a narrow gap between her and myself. Then a father and young daughter pair walked by. The little girl didn’t look a day past 7 years old. She said, “Papa, I want to sit!” Her father pointed to the narrow space and said, “You can sit there.” She squeezes in and the other woman and myself shift in our seats to make some space for her. Then the girl says: “Papa, come and sit with me!”. Her father said, “There’s no space dear.” The father ignored personal space and boundaries to satisfy his daughter’s desire to have a seat. Neither the elderly people nor myself were totally walking away from our seats

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:
Be mindful of another person’s personal space and boundaries.