This week I contemplated entitlement. I needed to visit my mom which meant crossing the border with an expired passport.
Since I am a US citizen, I am literally entitled to go to my country. (I looked it up :) )
Still, I was putting the customs agent out so I took pains to not present to her as one entitled :) but rather with compassion that this could be really irritating for her. After all, she’s got to make the call that I am telling the truth…and what if she’s wrong?
In any case, that got me thinking about entitlement. As I am visiting my mom, I will share one of her pieces of wisdom: “Life isn’t fair.”
Coupled with my family’s motto: “Everything always works out,” that could sum up what I have been contemplating this week.
Sometimes the space between “life isn’t fair” and “everything always works out” is where patience, a bit of wisdom, charity, self control, gentleness, and, sure - joy (you may see where I am going with this?) - are developed.
…and where entitlement is avoided.