I’m Proclaiming Today National “Benefit Of The Doubt Day”
I know that I’ve spent most of my life with one eyebrow raised in a sort of disbelief at everything anyone was telling me. Whether it was someone telling me on a phone what a great deal I was getting with the anti-virus protection I was purchasing for my computer and an additional program that had to be ordered as well for an additional $49.99, I’ve begrudgingly purchased what I was sold all the while thinking to myself that this was just a salesman trying to sell me without any sense of really giving me a deal or something I absolutely had to have in my life. The same goes for when friends tell me they met a man with the “largest dick they’ve ever seen” this is normally coming from one of my more promiscuous friends and if you just wait until next week he’ll regale you with a story about someone else who apparently REALLY had the largest piece of equipment EVER! So while I tend to be as one ex said about me when I was a mere twenty-one years old, “jaded beyond my years” I thought it would be nice to greet a day with a childlike sense of wonder that I never had even as a child. I’m proclaiming today national “Benefit of the Doubt Day” – Don’t Get Me Started!
There will be no parades, no funding required for this day and not even a rubber bracelet with the words, BOTDD on them. No, this is about a mindset, a way of looking at the world and offering the fellow human beings in this race of life a chance to not be seen as some sort of evil doer but as someone who is perhaps just not informed or God love them, what we used to call, “a little slow.”
So to the person who raced me into the Starbucks this morning, all the while looking at their phone to seem as though they were not racing me into the Starbucks to get to the counter first, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and just think that you happened to walking at a fast pace due to what you were reading on your phone and to get your day started. I’m also going to give you the benefit of the doubt that you didn’t know ordering seventeen different drinks all with special requests on them would hold up the line until the rest of us behind you were now late for work. I almost wanted to help you to your car with your seventeen blended coffee drinks but I couldn’t bring myself to go that far.
To the friend who called to “see how I was doing” and then never let me get a word in edgewise while talking about yourself for an hour and a half, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and think that you initially did call to see how I was but then just caught up in telling me everything that was going on with you from grocery store exploits to problems with your husband’s third cousin whom I’ve never met nor do I care about, forgetting the reason you initially called was to find out how I was doing. You’re not evil and selfish as I would normally think, you’re not what they call “toxic” you’re not even self-centered…today because today is “Benefit of the Doubt Day.”
I guess what I’m learning is that I’m neither the “glass half full” or the “glass half empty” kind of person. I think I’m the guy who’s wondering how the spots got on the side of the glass and how best to clean them off without disturbing the water inside because no doubt I’m going to be the one who ends up cleaning everything up for myself and others. But wait, those thoughts are not suitable for today, this special day I’ve created, today there are no spots on the glass of life. Today feels as though the world is not conspiring against me to get on my last nerve. Even the people cutting me off as I drive down the road I feel are simply having a rough day today and not purposefully ignoring everyone else on the road but just trying to keep themselves a float. Today you are all absolved, forgiven but if Scarlett O’Hara has taught me anything, tomorrow is another day…so take advantage of the fact that I’m proclaiming today national “Benefit of the Doubt Day” – Don’t Get Me Started!
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