We all have them. I spoke earlier this week of being conflicted, with regard to a yearning for simplicity but an enjoyment of convenience.
Well, when conveniences become a part of everyday life, I know I develop a tendency to think of them as second-nature and kinda take them for granted. This is often from a functional standpoint. ‘Operating procedures,’ if you will — and largely in the world of technology, computing, and robotics.
Device A will work when I need it to. Software B will calculate correctly. Machine C will produce without interruption. So on and so forth. Most of the time these things do as they’re supposed to, so why would I expect (or plan) for them not to?
Because when they fail (as they inevitably do at one time or another) and you’re unprepared without backup, it can force you to think on your feet and pull an entirely new solution out of thin air. This is not an impossible task, but when charged with it in a society that asks for results to be delivered like, YESTERDAY, it can be the cause of serious consternation.
Take the below Swedish man, accidentally captured missing his train by a local news crew. His reaction is so immediate and forceful, I can’t imagine he even gave it any thought before violently cursing in such a frustrated outburst.
I wish this were just a case of a simple chuckle & understanding empathy…but his pain is all too relatable. I am no stranger to cursing out inanimate objects when they cease to be useful to me.
The goal is Immediate Acceptance, in place of Immediate Anger. My becoming furious does little (read: nothing) to remedy the situation at hand.
Let us remember that there is always another train, and let us be grateful for the opportunity to practice our patience in waiting for it.