I wrote this blog post a few weeks ago, the same day I wrote Blessings In Disguise. There are always two sides to every story. As much as the time spent waiting was a blessing, it was also a source of frustration. Here is the story:
A few weeks ago, my girlfriend and I were meeting some friends for a socially distant picnic. I had suggested meeting at a park for 2.00pm. My friend came back with a request to meet at 2.15pm, which we agreed on.
A few hours before we set off, my friend texted asking if we could meet instead at 1.45pm because they had plans later that day. I said we would aim for 2pm but try to get there a little earlier.
We arrived at the agreed meeting point at 1.50pm. There was no sign of my friend. We waited until 2.00pm and then I called him. He still hadn’t set off (he lived about 20 minutes away).
2.15pm came and went and we were getting a little peckish. He rang again at half past saying they were “just nipping into the shop to get a meal deal”.
So being both frustrated and peckish, my girlfriend and I went to find a spacious spot for the picnic. Again, we waited. They finally arrived after 2.45pm and when we had already eaten a bag of crisps.
In the end, it was lovely to see my friends, in this strange and socially distant way. But no-one should have to wait an hour after the agreed meeting time. This isn’t about being late. It’s about respect.
If we make promises, we should keep them. If we agree on a time, it takes just a little planning to factor in enough time to get ready and prepare (we can even add on some more time for delays!)
Turning up an hour is unacceptable. We wouldn’t turn up to work an hour late. We wouldn’t show up to the airport an hour late. Why do we expect others to wait for us?
Make promises and keep them. And Be On Time.