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PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGY

You probably remember me from the other day. I was the one who reacted very slowly to the green traffic light. When you honked your horn, I realized I was holding up traffic, so please accept my apology. However, I do want you to know why I seemed in a daze. You see, I was just at the doctor's office getting the results of the biopsy I had two weeks ago, and I was wondering how I would tell my husband and children that I have cancer. My eyes were still stinging from crying, so, quite simply I didn't even see the light change. Perhaps I should have not been driving, but I didn't want to miss my appointment and there was no one else to take me.

And you over there, yes, you. I was the one in the express lane at the supermarket. I know you are only supposed to take 12 items or less and I had a basket full. Please accept my apology. My mind was on my youngest daughter who ran away from home, and she's just sixteen. I was so distraught then. You see, she somehow got in with the wrong crowd and started using drugs and drinking. I was remembering what a pretty little girl she had been most of her life. I know you were perturbed along with the others in line. Please, accept my apology.

I remember you from the department store yesterday. I was so mean to you, when you were just doing your job to the best of your ability. I acted so childishly. Please accept my apology. You see, I arrived at home from work just last week and discovered that my wife had left me. But I never should have taken it out on you. Please, accept my apology.

The above are fictitious incidents, and yet they express a very real truth.

The old saying about judging others before you have "walked a mile in their shoes" is a much needed reminder. Perhaps we all could try to be more cognizant of the fact that there are problems and situations in the lives of others of which we are totally unaware. So, maybe before we get frustrated in similar circumstances, and find we are momentarily inconvenienced or suffering through a pointless tirade, we should think a moment and understand that things may be going on in other's lives which have caused them to be slower, absentminded or even angry.

Patience, as the Lord has said is a virtue (II Peter 1:6)!!!

Tim Woodward
Smithville Church of Christ