First Published: Jan.31.2019
A university Professor was sharing an old memory with his class.
He said: “I was at a red light deep in my thoughts when I heard a long constant horn along with a sharp shout; ‘Hey foal-donkey, when are you going to move?’
The street was quiet with no traffic. At the next red light, our cars were side by side with the windows down.
I turned my head, smiled and said: ‘First of all, did you know foal is a young donkey. Secondly, you should have called me jackass or jack-donkey. If I’m a donkey, then you must be Solomon since you can talk to animals. And finally, I was deep into my thoughts and I am really sorry about that.’
The other man smiled back and said over and over again: ‘I am so sorry, there was no need to act the way I acted.’
I pointed to him to park at the side of the street.
I had a half-eaten box of chocolate. When we parked, I walked out of the car with the ripped box of chocolate and offered him some. We talked a little and exchanged our phone numbers and we’ve been best friends ever since.
There was a fight about to start but it ended with friendship. Millions of people died in wars that could have easily been prevented with an apology or a smile. If someone can make you angry that means that person has power over you. Calm your anger with kindness, smiles, and forgiveness. Solve misunderstandings by putting an effort to understand the circumstances.”
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