A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport.
As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to spend
her time. She also bought a packet of cookies. She sat down in an armchair,
in the VIP room of the airport, to rest and read in peace. Beside the armchair
where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his
magazine and started reading. When she took out the first cookie, the man took
one also. She felt irritated but said nothing. She just thought: "What a nerve! If
I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!" For each cookie she took,
the man took one too. This was infuriating her but she didn't want to cause a
scene. When only one cookie remained, she thought: "ah... What this abusive
man do now?" Then, the man, taking the last cookie, divided it into half,
giving her on half. Ah! That was too much! She was much too angry
now! In a huff, she took her book, her things and stormed to the boarding
place. When she sat down in her seat, inside the plane, she looked into her
purse to take her eyeglasses out, and to her surprise, her packet of cookies
was there, un touched, unopened! She felt so ashamed!!! She realized that
she was wrong... She had forgotten that her cookies were kept in her purse.
The man had divided his cookies with her, without feeling angered or bitter.
...while she had been very angry, thinking that she was dividing her cookies
with him. And now there was no chance to explain herself...nor to apologize."
There are 4 things that you cannot recover.
The stone... after the throw!
The word... after it's said!
The occasion... after the loss!
The time... after it's gone!