As I turned into the post office parking lot last week, I was stopped by a line of cars. When I looked ahead I saw the car that was holding up progress. It was waiting on another car to pull out of its parking space so that they could fill the newly opened space.
It’s not unusual to see this – drivers waiting for other drivers to vacate a parking space in a busy parking lot. Like me, I’m sure you’ve done this and seen this many times.
But here’s the problem. The parking lot wasn’t full. The parking space that the driver at the head of the line was waiting on was closest to the building but there were six other available spaces that were about 20 feet further from the post office and plenty more empty spots a little further away.
The driver was holding up traffic not for A parking space but for THE BEST parking space. The driver was not handicapped. I watched them walk into the post office. There was no obvious reason why they had to have that space except that it was closest to the front door.
Which led me to ask myself some questions:
- Are we so conditioned in our culture that we hold up traffic in order to park our car in the best spot?
- Is it necessary to make other people wait when we could have kept traffic flowing and walked twenty more feet?
We are conditioned to want the best, the closest, the fastest, and the biggest.
And we are willing to inconvenience others to do so.
Is it just me or is this a valid observation? Maybe I’m the one that was in such a hurry that the greedy driver perturbed me. I just wanted to park the car, do my business in the post office, and get out. Maybe I should slow down.
When is it necessary to have the best and when will good enough do?
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