June 7, 2014: In Praise of Decisiveness

Being a commuter has its advantages.  Some of these I have already talked about.  I haven’t harped on the disadvantages because this is supposed to be a positive and uplifting blog (hopefully you feel some of that, otherwise, its only for me) and I am trying to forget the negative by focusing on the positive.

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As I said, there are some disadvantages.  Today, for instance, my bus had to contend with an accident which reduced our lane from two to one, and caused an immense slowdown.  As if that weren’t enough, once we passed the accident, and while we were accelerating, a loud bang followed by a whoosh seemed to emanate from the bus.  I wish I could be more technical in my description, but I can’t.  After a quick check the driver continued on.

As I regale you with the negative story, please keep in mind there must be something redeeming in this.  The name of this blog is Today’s Perfect Moment, so rest assured, it is coming.

I looked out the back window and saw another bus approaching.  I had a decision to make, and I made it–and rather quickly at that.  I got off the bus and boarded the following one.  While this trailing bus was able to pass the ailing bus, it did stop to pick up passengers from the ailing bus.  Had I not boarded it earlier, I would have been forced to board it then.  There was no real net gain.

However, for me, Today’s Perfect Moment is that I was able to take decisive action.  I chose the right move and got a seat on the following bus.  I might not have gotten home any earlier, I still feel good that I was able to make a quick, and as it turns out, correct decision.  This is not always the case.  When it happens, I feel good about myself and a little more in control of my environment.

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About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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