Putting Family First…

Last Thursday, I had one of the worst mornings ever as a Sales Rep in NYC. It was one of those mornings where just about everything went wrong and everything I tried to do that I thought was “nice” backfired in my face. It was one of my doctor’s birthdays so I contacted her office manager and asked what I could bring. She told me to bring Danishes in the morning. So that is what I tried to do, the only problem was the tunnel was backed up for miles and miles and even though I used Waze it still took me almost 2 hours to get into the city. This is definitely not the norm. To say I was frustrated would be a huge understatement. Anyways, I finally got in, and it was around 11 by the time I delivered “breakfast” grrrr! Then, I had contacted another one of my favorite doctors the night before to see if I could bring him lunch that day. I had lunch all ordered by 6 am, so that I could pick it up quick and continue on in my cab to his office. The only problem was I ordered the lunch on Seamless from Serafina, and the order was sent not to the Serafina that I ordered from on the east side, but to the Serafina all the way on the west side. So needless to say, I showed up at the Serafina on the east side and they were incredibly unhelpful because apparently their delivery girl called out and instead of helping me, they all pretty much ignored me as I tried to figure out where my order was. It was again very frustrating. 

Anyways, the reason for this post is not to complain, it is simply to tell you the story of one of the nicest cab drivers I have ever met in all of my cab rides in NYC…and just to let you know I have had a lot. 

I flagged this cab on the corner after figuring out my order was on w. 49th instead of e. 61st. Anyone that knows the city knows these areas can be a nightmare for traffic. The cab driver picked me up and drove me over to w. 49th. On the way over, I asked him if he would mind waiting while I grabbed the food and then taking me up to the doctor’s office which was 50 blocks away. He said no problem at all. I was in such a tizzy and he was so calm. I envied his calmness. While driving up to the doctor’s office we started chatting. It was almost like he knew how awful my morning was and was there to make it better. He told me how he was from Ghana, and his daughter lived with her mother in Canada. He was telling me how he lives a very cheap life and doesn’t have internet on his cell phone. The funny thing was though he started telling me about his car and how it was the first thing he bought when he came here. He said he wanted a car that would be extremely reliable and a car he wouldn’t have to put a lot of money into, I asked him what kind of car he has and he told me a Mercedes. It made me laugh because he was telling me how he likes to live a very frugal life, but he told me he bought his Mercedes used for $38,000. To me, that sounded like a ton of money, but I guess we all have different priorities and sometimes the saying is true, you get what you pay for. He also started telling me about how he despises New York, mainly because of how rude people are to him when they get in his cab. He said that he is always amazed how parents in NY talk to their children and how their children talk to their parents. He also told me how he thinks family should always be put first. “You need to put you and your family first and that is all,” was what he said to me several times. 

It was amazing because all these things that he was saying really made me stop to think. It was like he was placed in my life by God at that very moment, so I would reevaluate all these things that were “stressing me out.” In the grand scheme of things they were so trivial. Traffic and delays are things that some people wish they had the opportunity to experience. People have their lives cut short by no choice of their own on a daily basis. In that moment, I was so thankful for my family, my close friends, my job, the ability that my husband and I have to put food on our table, and live in a shelter that we love. I guess I was even thankful for the traffic and delays because if I didn’t have them I wouldn’t have met this nice cab driver. 

I think sometimes we all get hung up on the trivial things. We waste energy on the stupid stuff instead of focusing on the big picture. 

Well that is all I have for today. I hope you all have a wonderful day and remember not to sweat the small stuff! 

Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂

Here is my picture of the day…

Thank you to Jenna @ Jenuinely Made for this sign that I have hanging in my family room. I love this sign! To check out more of her designs click here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JenuinelyMadeDesigns

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