The Perfect Christmas Parking Spot

22 12 2008

A friend of mine wrote this on his Facebook page, and I thought it was worth sharing (thanks, Rusty!):

So I decided to do the unimaginable today and take on the mall the Saturday before Christmas. As I’m sure everyone reading this knows, the closer it gets to Christmas the harder it is to find a good parking space almost everywhere you go. Well today I discovered how to get the PERFECT spot every time, and I’m here to share it with you! Here’s what you do:

First, as you pull into the parking lot, turn AWAY from the building and do the opposite of what most the other vehicles are doing by heading towards the far away spaces. There’s a decent chance you’ll see some one getting into their car, or even backing out. Unless they are already backing out of the space, DON’T WAIT FOR THEM. That’s right, don’t test your patience and the patiences of those behind you by waiting for God knows how long. Instead, keep heading toward a slightly further away spot. Before too long, you’ll find a spot, probably a decent ways away from the store. Take the first empty space you see.

Now here’s THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP: As you walk all the way across the long parking lot towards the shopping center, think to yourself how grateful you are to have both of your legs and how you’re healthy enough to walk that distance. I understand that it can be very cold this time of year. If that’s the case, take a moment to realize how lucky you are to have a jacket and the clothes on your back. Now that you’re spending your time and energy walking through the lot instead of driving around, tensely looking for the closest spot, you can spend that time thinking about how blessed you are for the people you care enough about to spend part of your hard earned money on to show them that they are important to you.

Try this technique out and let me know how it works out for you. I think you may be surprised what an impart it has on your mood.

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