One night, a woman arrived at an airport only to realise that her flight was delayed by several hours. So she hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found herself a place to sit. She was engrossed in her book as she munched her cookies, but soon she noticed this man, sitting on the seat next to her. He grabbed a cookie from the bag in between. The woman tried to ignore to avoid a scene.
She munched the cookies, read the book and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief continued to finish her stock. With each cookie she took, he took one too. She was irritated and thought to herself, “If I wasn’t nice, I would punch him in the face.” But she remained quiet. When only one cookie 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, she snatched it from him and thought, “Oh man, this guy has some nerve and he’s also rude!”
She had never known when she had been so galled, and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the shameless fellow. She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, then she sought 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, “whose packet was that?”
She quickly realised her mistake. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that the man she thought a thief was actually sharing his cookies!
How often in life we misunderstand others and never realise. Have you done it lately? If yes, it may not be too late to apologise.