Thursday, August 27, 2009

The way the cookie crumbles

Writer Douglas Adams, author of the book, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", tells a great story about jumping to conclusions about people.

Once Adams was sitting in the waiting area of a railroad station and had placed a package of cookies and a newspaper on the table in front of him.

A stranger sitting next to him suddenly reached across, opened the bag of cookies and started to eat them.

Adams, annoyed, said nothing, but calmly took a cookie from the bag as well. Soon the bag was empty as the men both ate from it.

When the stranger left for his train, Adams picked up his newspaper - and found his bag of cookies underneath it. Rather than a stranger eating his cookies, he'd been eating someone else's.

Teachable moment: look to yourself first before you assume anything of another person. "Otherwise", as Adams quipped, "you'll wonder why it seems that someone else is eating your cookies."

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