In Search of a Better World

In Search of a Better World
Soul Searcher

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Our perception of Problems

One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops - a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, " Big John doesn't pay!" and sat down at the back.

Did I mention that the driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek?Well, he was. Naturally, he didn't argue with Big John, but he wasn't happy about it. The next day the same thing happened - Big John got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the next.

This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him. finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff. By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what's more, he felt really good about himself.

So on the next Monday, when Big John once again got on the bus and said, " Big John doesn't pay!"The driver stood up, glared back at the passenger, and screamed, " And why not?"With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, " Big John has a bus pass.

"Moral" Be sure there is a problem in the first place - before working hard to solve one. Another way of looking at it is "IF in doubt ASK"

Life is too short to be worrying about problems and issues which are irrrelevant or non-existent


  1. Excellent moral, Soul Searcher. Namaste

  2. Welcome back!

    A very good and interesting story. I had done this mistake of mistaking people. Even now, I feel like doing it again, but remember my mistakes and wait and think, before committing this type of bungling mistake.

    Even now, I have got some problem with my close relative and I don't know why she is behaving like this and hurting people, but will give her some more time and then TALK! I should remember my age and feel it is high time I start ignoring other people's mistakes and just carryon.

  3. Excellent. Most of the time, we are disturbed about things which do not really exist.

  4. A very good and inspiring story! You know what, before getting to the end of the story, my mind jumped to the same conclusion as given by the driver! lol! True, we better ask before jumping to a conclusion. For ur permission, am sending this story to all my friends! i want them to approach the problems thru the other way.
    Tram Almasi

  5. Loved the twist in the tale.
    It is so easy to jump into a conclusion,so difficult to carry a atraight conversation. Dont really know why.It should be the other way round.

  6. i enjoyed this story when i first read it, and still remember it.. theres one more like this.. thanks a ton for sharing this..

  7. Excellent:) tells us not to be judgemental.

  8. Such a simple solution to what seems complicated.
    Excellent and brief!

  9. What a great story -- and a moral that we can all take to heart! Thanks for the post.

  10. Nice one. I will try this at my office sometime.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I have not visited my own blog in years. Just added an anecdote for old times' sake though I doubt if I would be regular again.