The perfect parking place

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Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:49 am

The frustrations of parking are evident to all of us.  However, I find it is just what you want to make out of it that makes the difference.  The scenarios of parking are numerous to say the least.

 You have pulled into a large box store parking lot and they are busy but not real busy based on the number of cars.  You pull into a lane only to find yourself behind someone that wants to wait five minutes for someone to get into their car, get buckled up, blow their nose, find their keys, look in their mirror as to see how bad the wind messed up their hair, adjust their seat, finally start their car and then slowly back out like a turtle because they see you back there waiting within striking distance.  In the meantime, all this waiting and waiting when there is a parking space just two cars down wide open.  Some people would have starting honking by now for you to move along, but sometimes it’s more interesting to study the psychology that has to be involved just to save a few feet of walking.

Other people will drive around and around to find the closest parking space possible passing up multiple other opportunities just to save a little walking.  Never mind the cost of gas wasted or the wear and tear on your car just to save a few steps.  After all, we wouldn’t want to be accused of getting any exercise.

Or perhaps you are that wife that likes to point out a closer parking space that you could go get if your husband is so inclined to please you.  It could be the other way around in all fairness.  Nevertheless, the parking spaces are passed up quickly to get to the pointed out space when suddenly someone turns into it just as you are arriving.  Now you are back to square one and wonder why in the world you listened and just didn’t take the spaces back there you passed up.  And then you remember, you’re that guy that bought that sign at a local restaurant recently that said, “My wife does all the driving.  I just hold the steering wheel.”

Or what about the frustrations when a restaurant is real busy and some guy takes two spaces because he doesn’t know how to drive very well.  Or the guy that is so proud of his car that he figures two spaces are needed to make sure nobody will ding his doors.  In the meantime, you can’t find any place to park so you wind up just leaving and going home to eat.

And finally, those parking garages where you go round and round and round to no avail until you get to the very top where there is not a roof and the rain is going to soak you quickly.  Of course, you forgot your umbrella so you run, slip, and fall to add to your parking frustration.  It wouldn’t be so crowded if they didn’t need so many spaces for that valet parking!

Personally, I would just as soon park a fair distance out and walk, especially in weather like we have been having.  I figure by the time some people finally park, I can be out of my car and inside the store no matter how far away I park. 

People can be so self-centered at times and not truly think of others.  Parking is one of those areas, like most anything that can be an area where we can think of others and provide something for them.  If you are able to park further away, you might make it possible for an older person to park closer that can’t walk as far without a lot of effort.  Or perhaps a mother carrying a child would appreciate a closer place to get the child in out of the wind as quickly as possible.  Or someone struggling with an illness right out of the doctor’s office just stopped by for some medicine but needs to get home to bed.  Or someone running late for a meeting because of car trouble that needs to get in quickly.  The list of scenarios where people might actually need a closer parking space are endless.  Unfortunately, parking etiquette sometimes in is short supply where people think only of themselves.  Many of us might do well to remember these words, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:3, 4).   If nothing else, you might be able to help someone find their car that can’t remember where they parked it.

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