This I Believe: “Be Cool to the Pizza Dude”

Pizza"If I have one operating philosophy about life it is this: "Be cool to the pizza
delivery dude; it’s good luck." Four principles guide the pizza dude
philosophy.

Principle 1: Coolness to the pizza delivery dude is a practice in humility
and forgiveness. I let him cut me off in traffic, let him safely hit the exit
ramp from the left lane, let him forget to use his blinker without extending any
of my digits out the window or towards my horn because there should be one
moment in my harried life when a car may encroach or cut off or pass and I let
it go. Sometimes when I have become so certain of my ownership of my lane,
daring anyone to challenge me, the pizza dude speeds by me in his rusted
Chevette. His pizza light atop his car glowing like a beacon reminds me to check
myself as I flow through the world. After all, the dude is delivering pizza to
young and old, families and singletons, gays and straights, blacks, whites and
browns, rich and poor, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. As he journeys, I give
safe passage, practice restraint, show courtesy, and contain my anger…"

""Be Cool to the Pizza Dude""
This I Believe
NPR

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