Our family got yelled at today!
Yup, “retired” guy yelled at us.
Full on angry ‘yell’!
Here’s the scenario and you can see the story from both sides:
Our family of five had skied across the mountain to get to our favourite run almost on the backside of the ski hill. It was a gorgeous, sunny, slushy-snow kind of day.
We made it to the run right as the ski patroller was putting up the closed sign. I spoke to him and asked if he was closing it because of hazards. He said, “No, I am just closing it because it’s the end of the day.” I looked at my watch realizing we had plenty of time to get down the run and then asked if we could take the run, even though he had just put the closed sign on it. He asked if we were good skiers. I assured him we were. He told us to go ahead.
As we stood at the beginning of the run, with its closed signs at the top, a “retired”guy came off the t-bar and proceeded to yell at us saying “Don’t you know the run is closed! It’s closed!”
We chuckled and floated down the pristine, diamond-flecked snow on our skies. And we talked about this valuable lesson.
How often do we judge what others are doing as ‘wrong’ in our minds?
I know none of us would yell at strangers, but how often to we do this?
How often do we see what others are doing and create stories in our own minds about what is going on?
Imagine now, like we did today, if we took the time to be open and get to know others stories.
Not being yelling “retired” guy in words or thought.
Sitting in an open posture.
Living our stories.
Day by day.
Being open to others stories.
Living in our story.
Open to others stories.