The Importance Of Flexibility
Monitoring the front bus loop is one of my early morning duties at the school where I work, and I'd say most of the drivers have a smile on their face, like the one in the illustration above.
There are a couple of drivers who could only be described as more serious-minded individuals, however.
Many times in the past, one particular driver has expressed displeasure over the fact that the bus driver in front of him did not pull his bus ALL THE WAY UP.
To be fair, I believe that is the policy, as dictated by the transportation department, but all drivers do not follow it as fervently as the aforementioned driver, who pulls as far up as he can, whether there are other buses there or not. (We're talking the "North Forty!")
I benefit from the exercise obtained from walking a bit further, so I don't mind. It also does not bother me if a driver does not pull his bus all the way up.
The kids get off the bus safely, one way or another.
For this particular driver, though, there seems to be an element of anger present, particularly whenever the driver in front of him does not pull his bus as far up as is humanly possible. He has complained about it to me on several occasions, and I have always met his complaints with a smile and an understanding ear.
Apparently today was the straw that broke the camel's back, as the driver became engaged in a heated discussion for approximately 10 or 15 minutes with both behavior specialists, all the while blocking other buses who were unfortunate enough to have arrived behind him.
I diplomatically stayed out of it.
To me, this kind of falls under the category of "Don't sweat the small stuff," and its companion piece of advice, "It's ALL small stuff."
Obviously it can't be small stuff all the time, but if you really consider the bottom line on things going on around you on a day-to-day basis, I think you can safely conclude that most of the time there's no point in getting bent out of shape about things which you can just as easily let roll off your back and have it be over with.
Or am I whistling in the dark?
Ease up, be flexible, and don't worry so much, especially about things which you have no control over.
This will not only help you in business, but will make you a much happier person.
After all, nobody likes a whiner or a complainer.
Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. Just don't be consumed by how things oughta be.