You know what really makes my day? When someone turns what appears to be insurmountable odds into something manageable. Specifically:
Every day when I leave work, I am faced with a solid wall of cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Forsyth. The nearby highway in St. Louis is closed, so everyone uses this tiny road instead. Every day I hope the traffic won’t be there, but every day it is.
And every day I think, I’m never getting out of here. I might as well put the car in reverse and go back to work.
But I don’t want to go back to work. Once I’m in the car, I’m done. So I sit there for a minute or until somebody waves me in.
They wave me in.
What a wonderful thing. That person doesn’t benefit from the wave-in. In fact, it’s counterintuitive–they’re further back in the line than before.
Plus, they don’t know me. I could be anybody. I could be a fan of The Mentalist, for all they know.
But they wave me in.
It’s a small miracle that happens every day, and it never ceases to amaze me. There are a lot of examples of bad human behavior in the world, but for every one of those, there’s a wave-in. That’s saying something.
See also: #2: Back-to-Back Parking Spaces