I’ve learned a lot at College of the Redwoods…and I guess during my attendance my teachers have made me realize a lot of things I already knew as well. For example, I realized that once one starts learning about things, one starts noticing it everywhere. I’m currently taking a religions class, and I’ve learned that many of the world’s religions stress patience in order to find true happiness. After having read about the stress of patience to get to happiness, I noticed all the impatient people and how they appeared to be unhappy. The first incident I noticed was of course in traffic where most people, including myself, can become impatient. It was a Saturday afternoon, and a woman starting honking at another woman in front of her when she didn’t start moving as soon at the light turned green. Where was she in such a hurry to go on a Saturday afternoon? The next was in Subway on 4th Street. My boyfriend and I were waiting in line (not for very long I might add,) and two women all of the sudden left the line and said, “You know what? We’re bouncin’, this is taking too long,” and their sandwiches were for the most part done. The guy in front of us asked what was going on, and the Subway workers said that those ladies were being impatient with the new girl, it was her first day. She had a really hurt look on her face, I felt so bad for her. Anyway, the point is that people with patience are generally happier, if the lady waiting for the car in front of her to go had waited a few more seconds, she wouldn’t have gotten upset or made the lady in front of her upset either, and they both would have gone on with their day a little bit happier and less stressed. And if the ladies in Subway would have waited a few more minutes, they would have gotten their lunch and not have made the new girl feel bad about her performance at a new job. However I also noticed an occurrence at my own job that was completely opposite: a man walked in and I greeted him and asked him how he was doing, he responded that he was doing very well, and he took a seat without having ordered. I asked him if he wanted to hear our specials, but he said he already ordered over the phone, and he told me his name. I told him his order was almost done, and he replied, “please, take your time.” He sat down reading the paper, and patiently waited for his order to be completed. I finished his pizza and he was very pleased with his experience, even though his pizza wasn’t ready when he arrived. He seemed like a generally very happy person, and very patient. I think that the public could learn a lot from customers like him; the public could learn to think without stress, and know where to put their energy instead of taking out their anger on the innocent. And we’d all be happier.

Heather Matteri

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