mGa KuRo-KuRo Ni Ka UrO

Monday, November 07, 2005

"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, Virginia tried to tell Bill what happened. “She… she… was just playing in the tree house….. Then…. I heard a noise… when I turned around ….Jenny was lying on the ground and then I saw blood ...Called Dr. Peters, and ambulance…”

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

19 Comments:

  • It's a sad story..Bill must have been even more devastated. Had he just given way, even if he is pissed off, maybe his daughter could still have been saved. It's true, sometimes we tend to get annoyed instantly, not knowing the story of the other person. Every action has a reason behind. Well, sometimes, we just learn things the hard way...

    By Blogger Bluegreen, at 4:28 PM, November 07, 2005  

  • Wow. That's certainly something to think about. If I was Bill, I would've let the other car pass. It's not as if I was on a race. Ah well.

    By Blogger Geejay, at 5:21 PM, November 07, 2005  

  • Right on the button KU...
    There are other angles in evey perspective, one cannot absolutely conclude that his own view is the the only view....and it all affects other situation as well....

    Good day! and keep on.....

    By Blogger Flex J!, at 5:21 PM, November 07, 2005  

  • Nice post, KU. A good one to start the week.

    By Blogger jinkee, at 5:55 PM, November 07, 2005  

  • Hi KU,

    Reality bites.

    Have a good day!
    -Jack

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:41 PM, November 07, 2005  

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    By Blogger Des, at 11:15 PM, November 07, 2005  

  • kakalungkot naman nitong story na ito. i must admit na sometimes, ganyan din ako. there was even one time na i was driving in BQE sa NY, the guy even flip me off kasi hindi siya makalampas sa akin. actually, that was the last time i did that kasi, we almost collided onto each other. geesh!

    thanks KU for posting this story. have a great week ahead!

    By Blogger Des, at 11:16 PM, November 07, 2005  

  • ako pala yung nagdelete ng previous comment. may mali kasi. sorry KU

    By Blogger Des, at 11:17 PM, November 07, 2005  

  • its sad. but these things do happen in real life.

    there was an accident in the US before, a drunk kid was driving too fast, he collided with an oncoming car. 2 ladies in the other car, one died on the spot, the other seriously injured. the drunk kid later on found out that the person who died on the spot was his mother. he is now is jail for this.

    let us all just try to be safe!

    By Blogger JO, at 2:27 AM, November 08, 2005  

  • i wonder what would have happened had the doctor came sooner?

    is the kid bound to die that day?

    would she had avoided the accident if mom was around and not let her go to the tree house unattended?

    it's twilight zone written all over.

    moral of the anecdote: just be good 24/7. easier said than done i am sure.

    By Blogger Air Milikay, at 3:52 AM, November 08, 2005  

  • Sad story. The father must've felt somewhat guilty for what had happened. Ahhhhh....lots of what ifs....

    By Blogger Rhada, at 7:42 AM, November 08, 2005  

  • bluegreen,
    "knowing the story of the other person". that's right. we shouldn't be quick mto make judgements until we know their story.


    geejay,
    nice to hear from you.


    flex j,
    that's true. we are not aware of it but our actions affect other people's actions and their actions will in turn affect us one way or the other.


    jinkee,
    thanks

    jack,
    have a good week!


    des,
    glad you didn't do that again. drive safely and have a great week you too.


    jo,
    i heard about that story. it's really sad.


    air milikay,
    lots of what ifs. be good. don't be naughty, be nice, because santa's coming to town. hahaha


    rhada,
    for sure bill felt guilty for he was quick to judge the other driver without knowing why the driver was such in a hurry in the first place.

    By Anonymous ka uro, at 8:47 AM, November 08, 2005  

  • fafa KU,
    aminin man natin o hinde, ilan sa atin eh naharap din sa ganitong sitwasyon. pero lahat ay mayroong nagbulong sa kanila na pabayaan na lang at wag pansinin; yung ilan eh sinusunod samantalang yung iba eh hindi nakinig. maaring hindi pareho ang naging outcome doon sa story pero baka sa susunod na mangyari ito eh hindi na natin alam. this story is a wake up call para sa ating lahat..God is always looking after us, protecting us & guiding us. Pero he cannot dictate our actions because he had given us freewill. Pero kung gusto talaga natin na di mapahamak, all we have to do is listen to his voice.
    thanks fafa for sharing this piece =)

    By Blogger KaDyo, at 11:09 AM, November 08, 2005  

  • mga taong sarado ang isipan na akala sila ang pinamakagaling at laging tama at laging ayaw malamangan. yan ang pinakaayaw kung makausap at makatagpo pagkat wala ka sa kanilang mapapala kungdi kahambugan at panlalait. Dahil sa kanilang pagmamataas di nila alam na lalo nilang pinababa ang kanilang imahe sa nakakarami at pati mga kasamahan nila ay pinahahamak din ng kanilang kapapalaluan at pagmamagaling.babalikan at babalikan din sila ng kanilang kataasan at kung anong taas ng lipad siyang lakas ng lagapak.

    By Blogger atoy, at 11:10 AM, November 08, 2005  

  • Halo Ka Uro nice post!
    Throughout life, we record each and every experience in our subconscious mind. For the most part, we are unaware we have stored these experiences away in the filing cabinet of our mind.
    May we always remember to count our blessings and to cultivate gratitude as well as attitude, a positive one that is!

    By Anonymous Ethel, at 11:22 AM, November 08, 2005  

  • fafa sori kung off topic ha pero di ako maka comment sa shoutbox mo.

    By Blogger KaDyo, at 11:31 AM, November 08, 2005  

  • I'm sure sising sisi si Bill...yun nga lang, ang pagsisisi laging nasa huli :-(

    By Anonymous thess, at 5:54 AM, November 09, 2005  

  • Very tragic...but true. Yep, reality bites.

    Hope i can be more careful and forgiving.

    Nice post fafa!

    Dops

    By Blogger DOPS, at 10:11 AM, November 12, 2005  

  • hello, KU, i feel sorry for Bill but then he is not alone. most of us, admit or not, gets overwhelmed by emotion - particularly anger or sadness - driving us to do something unreasonable. the moral lesson of the story should be instilled in our minds - WE EACH VIEW THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY.

    By Blogger bing, at 7:37 PM, November 12, 2005  

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