My hidden talent may be one we all share. Whenever I approach a toll booth, I manage to select the one with the longest line. The drivers in front of me either ask for directions, pay with a large bill or I encounter the “changing of the guards.” That’s when the toll taker turns off the green light and goes home, leaving me stranded in a closed lane. As soon as I switch lanes, the next shift comes onboard and turns the light from red back to green. Now the first lane is open again! I know toll takers time their shift switches to trap me in their long lines.
Maybe I’m a little impatient, but aren’t we all? We’re certainly not wired for long wait times in our gotta-have-it-now society. Take a look at how some people handle long lines:
There’s the proof. You don’t have to be grumpy while waiting in line, even if you’re waiting outside in minus two degree (F) temperatures. Of course, it helps if you can wait inside a sauna. The people in the Donald Driver line wanted to be there; they had a choice. We get cranky when we’re forced to stand in line. A lack of control raises our impatience meter. What are you waiting for and how well are you handling the wait?