It is 3.45 pm and I'm standing at the bus stop. The bus is going to come in five minutes. I've got a meeting with my masseuse at 5 pm and with the bus coming in 5 minutes everything will run smoothly.
It is 3.50 pm and no bus in sight. Well, these five minutes won't make a big difference, so I am still calm.
3.55 pm and no bus coming. I could walk to the tube station. It would take me 8 minutes, and I know the trains are passing every five minutes. But I've already been waiting for 10 minutes now, and walking now would mean having been waiting for nothing. So I keep on waiting.
It's 4 pm now, and still no bus coming. Okay, I will walk. I turn round, but can't resist to look back once more. The bus is coming!
I return to the bus stop. The bus is approaching the bus stop. It is full up to the last seat, and there are a lot of people standing in the middle. Well, I'll have to push myself in. The bus is coming nearer - and drives on, leaving me and at least seven other people behind. It is too full to let any more people in.
In the meantime, it is 4.10 pm. I'll have to run now in order to be on time at my masseuse's place. I finally get there five minutes late, and I have learnt something:
I could have avoided coming late if - from the beginning - I had walked. It would have been not so comfortable, but in the end, things would have run smoothly.
Looking for comfortable ways of doing something often makes the whole thing uncomfortable in the end.
Somebody tells you he's got a wonderful picture for your next blog post, and that he is going to mail it to you. You've told him about your blogging schedule, and he promises to mail you in time. So you stop thinking about the picture and concentrate on the words. You can guess what's happening. In the end you've got to look for it on your own - which puts additional stress on you. Mind you, I don't speak against relying on other people or certains things in general. But sometimes it is better to rely on yourself.
This is a contribution to the What-I-Learned-from-Transportation Group Writing Project on www.middlezonemusings.com.