From The Storyteller
Hello All: Drama often goes to the heart of decision. This week's story gives my take on how it works. Enjoy, Doug
“Don’t invent drama, it will come on its own”, is a quote from Matthew McConaughey’s book Greenlights. That quote struck me while completing our weekly grocery trip. Thursday morning before 9:00 has been my hour of choice for the past several years because the store traffic has been relatively light. “Avoid the crowd, avoid the drama” seemed like a good mantra. Which naturally brings me to the evolution of shopping over the past year.
Curbside pickup has been a shopping option for several years. Prior to the pandemic, the paid “store shoppers” pushing their triple-decker, eight tub shopping carts, filling orders was a rare sight. Now on Thursday mornings store isles are filled with these paid “store shoppers”. They are serious folks pushing large carts, so rounding a corner to enter the condiment row requires my full attention and comes with its own drama.
This of course caused me to think about the backup camera on my car. If I had failed to turn my head and stare over my shoulder as I backed up during my first driver’s test, I still wouldn’t have my driver's license. Now I’ve a camera showing me what is there and warning alert noise if I get too close to something. These are useful tools that I rely on, as they eliminate the need for my stiff-necked head twist, well mostly. Yes, I did back into a trailer that had been unhitched and parked on the street below bumper level- drama came on its own.
Decision time: Pay the $500 deductible for the bumper repair or do a $20 epoxy spot repair. This reveals an evolution in my thinking. $500 vs $20, once was not a question, as I always went with “make it right”. Now - time for a bumper sticker.
Moral: Shopping and thinking change over time.