Today, I had to stand in line to speak to a Charter technician. It felt really 20th century being forced to drive there and actually see a technician, but I’ll save that thought for another post.
While I was in line, a lady came in to do something with her receiver; she had all kinds of cables and this huge receiver under her arm, and she was not happy.
As soon as she walked in the office, she sighed at the 4-people line, and mumbled a “Oh, crap!”. The office had a customer service phone booth, and she decided to place her receiver next to phone; now, the receiver was at least 1 1/2 the width of the booth, so balancing it was quite a feat.
30 seconds after she finished securing the receiver on the booth, the lady probably dislocated the air around it and the receiver started to fall. When she reached for it, she banged her elbow on the edge of the booth. Even though she managed to save the receiver, her elbow was bleeding badly.
As she cursed, we all learned that the exact spot she hit had been recently stitched after another cut. The coincidence (really?) marked the beginning of a series of “that’s exactly what I needed!”, “what else now?”, “that only happens to me!”, amongst others, not so polite.
Of course, the whole office was involved on her suffering, bringing her napkins, and trying to calm her down.
As I got called in, and sat down with the technician, I couldn’t help but overhear the unfortunate lady at the counter. It turns out, she was returning the receiver, and cancelling her cable services.
At the counter, she found the perfect opportunity to include the so-called recession to her list of problems: “I don’t understand why the government doesnt approve the stimulus check already”, she says. “This economy is impossible right now, my boss just cut my hours”.
I could not stop thinking about how would her complaints ever be of any benefit. I, of course, know nothing about her, and maybe she was just having a bad day.
However, wouldn’t she recognize a pattern between her situation (at that moment, at least), and her mindset?
The reason behind this quick story is to illuminate how mindset can rule over economy, no matter whether it’s recessive.
The extension of your thoughts reaches way beyond your pockets; how can one expect to be in a better situation when your entire focus is on your current, crappy situation?
So I invite you to participate in this discussion. Post a comment, and let me know If I’m wrong, or should we all be whining to OBAMA?