Don’t Touch My Cookies

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop. She was engrossed in her book, but happened to see the man sitting beside her. She could not believe her eyes, as this man boldly grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between. She tried to ignore it in order to avoid a scene. More annoyed than ever, she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.

She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too. When only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half. He offered her half, as he ate the other.  

This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude, why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thief.  She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat and dug for her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were…………. HIS! During that time she realized that he was the one trying to share the whole time. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

With this story we learn two things: we must always be open to share with others and more importantly is that in many different situations in life we have the wrong idea on the actual situation. We tend to only see things from a negative point of view and see the worst case scenario.

We must learn to have empathy and put ourselves in the situation of the other person and see things as they are and not automatically jumping to the negative.


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