THOUGHT FOR THE DAY : INTERPRETATIONS & JUDGEMENTS
It's about the judgements and interpretations we usually give to the facts. It is not the first time that I bring on a story which emphasizes that things are not necessarily as we see them.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-years-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked.
“Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number coins in it.
“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired.
Some people were now waiting for a table so the waitress was a bit impatient. “35 cents,” she said brusquely.
The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away.
The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.
When the waitress came back she picked up the empty plate and then swallowed hard at what she saw. There, neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies – her tip.
The simple understanding that the boy did have enough money for the ice cream sundae but that he still chose a cheaper ice cream just in order to leave a tip for her, stayed with her for a while…
(From “A lifetime of Success” by Pat Williams)