An exercise in patience…
It really doesn’t matter what state, town, or city you are in there is always a line! I went to the USPS today at an off hour of 2pm thinking its not lunch, the frenzy of Christmas is over and, the Post Office I chose to go to was the big one which naturally means there are more tellers for faster service. What do you know… One person working with a line of 8. As I waited and waited the line grew and grew… Still only one worker. The automatic stamp vending machine and mailer was broken too so they had 4 people working on that… and one guy was just walking back and forth complaining about penmanship on certified letters. Hey buddy,how about hopping behind a station and helping some of us poor slobs?
Having some time to think, I decided I absolutely dread going to the Post Office… in fact, this time I waited until I had a stack of letter to mail and a package that needed to go out… I always catch up on text messages while waiting in line because you know cell phones chatting is not allowed inside the USPS. They ought to build a Starbucks inside Post Offices, that way we Americans can get our caffeine fix while we wait, maybe even a dry cleaner… now there’s a thought!
Helpless and needing to send my package, I waited… By the time I was first in line there were 18 people waiting…I think one guy even grew a 5 o’clock shadow while we were there. It took 50 mins for me to get a book of stamps and mail that package.
Rather than get frustrated I decided to see if there was a positive side to all this …. and I decide that waiting in line at the post office a “patience development exercise”. I mean, cut the cell phones, no computers, stand quietly and, in silence, and think… so maybe the United States Postal Service is not torcher afterall but rather the Universe’s way of just making us STOP and slow down for a few minutes.
All the people in line at the Post Office…WAITING AND WAITING AND WAITING AND……ugh.