"Attitude is the way you mentally look at the world around you. It is how you view your environment and your future."
It was a normal Friday afternoon rush hour traffic and Bill was driving on his way home from the office. He was patiently waiting for the traffic lights to turn to green when the car, a white sedan, behind him started incessantly sounding it's horn. He sensed that the driver of the white car wanted to overtake him. Annoyed by the driver's impatience, he thought of giving this driver a lesson. The white car moved beside his car to make an overtake maneuvering move. But instead of allowing the driver to complete the maneuver, Bill sped up to be slightly ahead of the white sedan. And for a few seconds they were in a sprint race. Neither driver wanting to give in.
Then the inevitable happened. An on-coming vehicle directly in front of the white sedan came into view. The driver of the white sedan had no choice but to step on the brakes and let Bill go first. But it was a bit too late. Bill heard a crash. The on-coming vehicle clipped the side of the white sedan. Bill slowed down to look at his rear view mirror. Both drivers from the colliding vehicles look okay as they got off from their vehicles seemingly free of any bodily injury. Feeling a sense of victory, Bill couldn’t wipe the grin off his face. “That will teach that lunatic a lesson. He deserves it” he told himself.
A few more minutes and he was in front of his house. As he was opening the garage he saw Virginia, his wife, rushing towards him. She was trembling and her hands drenched in blood. “It’s Jenny” she said. In between sobs,
Upon seeing Jenny’s limp body, all Bill could do was let loose a loud whimper. Tears flowing down his cheeks, he knelt and held his daughter’s lifeless body close to him. Within minutes Dr. Peters came in and examined Jenny. “I’m sorry…It’s too late, there’s nothing else I can do…. Her head must have hit this rock lying on the ground…” uttered the doctor. “An ambulance should be here shortly. Can’t stay any longer as I have to rush to another emergency” he said as he ran towards his car….. a white sedan with fresh collision damages on its side.
"The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions" - Paul Watzlawick