This particular story has been making the rounds online for quite some time. It has been sent and resent so many times that it mau have lost its original text. Nonetheless, the underlying lesson has remained unchanged
“A young lady was waiting for her flight in the
boarding room of a big airport. As she would
need to wait many hours, she decided to buy
a book to spend her time. She also bought a
packet of cookies.
She sat down in an armchair, in the VIP room
of the airport, to rest and read in peace.
Beside the armchair where the packet of
cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat,
opened his magazine and started reading.
When she took out the first cookie, the man
took one also. She felt irritated but said
nothing. She just thought: “What a nerve! If I
was in the mood I would punch him for
For each cookie she took, the man took one
This was infuriating her but she didn’t
want to cause a scene. When only one cookie
remained, she thought: “ah… What has this
abusive man done now?” Then, the man, taking
the last cookie, divided it into half, giving her
Ah! That was too much! She was much too
angry now! In a huff, she took her book, her
things and stormed to the boarding place.
When she sat down in her seat, inside the
plane, she looked into her purse to take her
eyeglasses, and to her surprise, her packet of
cookies was there, untouched, unopened!
She felt so ashamed! She realized that she
was wrong… She had forgotten that her
cookies were kept in her purse. The man had
divided his cookies with her, without feeling
angered or bitter.
“While she had been very angry, thinking that
she was dividing her cookies with him. And
now there was no chance to explain herself,
nor to apologize.”
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There are 4 things that you cannot
The stone… after the throw.
The word…after it’s said.
The occasion…after the loss.
The time…after it’s gone.