Sitting in the restaurant where I almost always have my coffee breaks while working I saw one of the staff cleaning the chairs. It was on a Saturday morning, there was no worry of a crowd and at that time of the day, there weren’t that many people anyway.
She squatted down and started wiping the legs of the chair…that got me thinking…
Do people usually test the strength of any chair before their behinds sit on them? I know I don’t usually do that unless it’s one of those flimsy looking modern contraptions which resemble a chair. I like my chairs the old fashioned way, one where there is a respectable distance between the floor and the seat, you know?
Do people usually wonder about the legs of a chair? About the weight that its legs need to bear anytime someone sits on them? Are we even conscious about the legs of a chair when we sit on one or is it something that most of us take so much for granted that it doesn’t even enter our minds…the foundation of the chair, so to speak.
Do most people bother even cleaning the bottoms and legs of the chair? Do we bother taking a look at the legs of the chairs in our lives?
Because, you see as I traverse this path called Life, I sometimes wonder if we truly know what we are doing…okay..maybe it’s more appropriate to ask if I know what I’m doing.
We are trained from young to think about the BIG things, aren’t we? The big job, the perfect family, the big house, the perfect job, the big status, the perfect lifestyle…or whatever society considers perfect at any particular time. That’s how most of us start our lives. We have GOALS, ambitions, dreams to be someone, to have a lot of things and to make our mark in this world. We dress up in finery , we tote the latest fashion trends even though it looks more like luggage, we plug our lives into the latest gadgets…all because we want to be part of that “perfection”.
But like the legs of a chair, sometimes I think we forget about the little things, the basics of being a human living in a community. See, I’m not even talking about patience, kindness, compassion…these are virtues though so important, to an extent living in a city I get it when people aren’t. What I meant was simple common decency and sense.
Well, I’m just wondering, what goes on in someone’s mind when they climb on to the seat of the commode with their shoes ON when they need to attend to business, specially when the toilets are clean.
What goes in people’s minds when they indiscriminately park their cars along the sides of roads making a two way lane into a one way lane, when there are ample parking spaces in a parking lot? Is it just to safe a few bucks?
What are people thinking when they cut queues or beat a red light (not even amber, but a red light that’s been red for a few seconds already), or when they stand right in front of the elevator doors so that people going out are in danger of bumping into them?
Were these people in Nancy’s post even aware of what they were saying?
I don’t understand these and other things about human behaviour, but it doesn’t stop me from wondering…
Do you have any pet peeves that get on your nerves? Do you believe that common decency and sense isn’t so common anymore? And if you do, do you have any idea why that would be so?
Sometimes I wonder too, if we don’t start taking care of these little things, we as an individual and as a society might end up like this fellow here :
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