While traveling home yesterday from an away meeting I was craving a special chicken sandwich from one of my favorite spots, “Chick-Fil-A”. It was a long drive home and I was really in a hurry to make the 6 hour drive but my overwhelming urge for my favorite Chicken Sandwich overcame me and I found myself looking at each exit for the eatery signs. Finally I found my desired spot. With my stomach growling and my mouth watering, I pulled in to this Oasis on the Highway.
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You have to know that I don’t like waiting in lines so as I pulled in to the parking lot, my number one goal was to spy out the crowd. I drove slowly past the front glass and saw what looked like dozens of hungry customers and of course I didn’t want to stand in line so I drove slowly on around to the drive thru. As I made the turn I saw several cars already in line and of course I didn’t want to wait in this line either. As I sat there for a moment this car sped around me and took my place in the drive thru. I said to myself, ” that was a dirty thing to do”, just as another car also found his place in line behind the first car. With my calm cool self I pulled into an empty space just in front of the double doors so I could quickly make up my mind as what to do next. People were coming and going pretty fast and I was looking at the time, cause as I already said, I was in a hurry. I strategically opened the driver door and gently put one foot on the ground while I tried to decide if I wanted to pull out, go through the drive thru or go inside and fight the crowd. In my moment of undecision, there were three more cars that took my place in the drive thru and two more couples had entered the double doors. Lesson #1, If you don’t make a decision, you don’t get anywhere.
Quickly I finally made the decision to go inside and fight the crowd. As I slipped in silently I was also looking for my opportunity to find my place in the line. Now you have to get this picture in your mind. The door opened and the crowd of people were all standing at the counter and the waitress was moving as fast as she could but the line just wasn’t moving. The young lady behind the counter was refilling tea and delivering trays as efficient as possible but in my intelligent smarts, I knew something just isn’t right about this situation. Too many people in line and too much counter space on the other side told me that there was another register open but no one had realized it. Quick as a bunny rabbit, I said, “Excuse me sir”, and I slipped on through the line and ended up in the right place at the right time. I was second in line to a customer that had just finished getting his change and this told me that I was next. I was elated and ready to order. As the waiter looked at me and before he could say anything, I said, “My name is Eddie and I will be your customer today!” He laughed and took my order.Lesson #2, Look for opportunity in the least expected places if you don’t look, you won’t find.
I have to say that the Chick-Fil-A combo really hit the spot. I sat there and enjoyed it to the fullest and took that moment to appreciate all that I have waiting on me when I get home. I have the most wonderful wife waiting on me and two great sons that I want to see when I walk through that door. I have my parents just down the road and I love them so much. There is something about those roadtrips that make you appreciate all that you have and all that you miss.
Lesson #3, With all of the opportunities and decisions that we make on a daily basis, we sometimes forget the most important things in our life like family and friends. Don’t get bogged down in life with the big decisions and don’t be in such a hurry to get back on the road. Enjoy your meal and give thanks for those that are waiting for your return.
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