Book of the week – The Cow in the parking lot by Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston
How can you not pick up a book with a title like that. The brief foreword explains the meaning behind the title. If you’re in a crowded parking lot and someone cuts you off to take the parking space you were waiting for how do you feel? Angry, right? Now what if a cow came lumbering over and sat itself down in that same spot? You wouldn’t be angry, more likely you’d laugh and be amused. Why? Isn’t the outcome the same? You weren’t able to get that spot. It’s a great lesson and one I love to share with my friends and family who now laugh with me when I point out that the irritant in a situation is just a big old cow who doesn’t know any better.
The authors do a great job pointing out that we don’t have to get angry, we can make a different choice, and they explain exactly how we can do that. Acting on our anger never solves a problem, it only escalates it and almost always makes us more angry. Read this book and take it’s advice because we can all use less anger in our lives.