Zeroing In

I pulled into the parking lot at work, counting myself lucky as I did because I spotted an empty parking spot close to the building.  I usually back into my parking spots so that, when time comes to leave, I don’t have to take time turning around.  Anyway, I backed in like normal, using my mirrors to gage how far I was from the vehicle in the spot directly across from it.  I also kept as close to perpendicular as I could with the car parked on my left.  I know from experience driving my car how close I can get using my mirrors.  It was a breeze.  I pulled in beautifully and got out to double check my parking job, all the while patting myself on the back for a job well done.  That is until I realized I had made a common mistake.  I assumed the person who had parked behind me knew how to park.  I’m not sure what was going through this persons mind when they stopped their vehicle, but they were about five feet away from the line.  Now, because I was judging where to stop by the car parked there, I was three feet across the line into their parking spot.  I probably should have noticed I was off by the car parked next to me, but it was a compact and even though it looked about right, it took up less space.  Let me note here that I work an odd shift, and I knew that this person was more than likely going to leave before I got off work.  That would leave me parked three feet into an empty parking spot, just waiting for someone to try to park there, and end up bumping me because they were trying to squeeze in.  Not wanting that to happen, I got back in and pulled up into my own spot.  The more I thought about it the more I realized that what I did in that situation is what a lot of us do in everyday life.  We usually judge our own accomplishments by what other people have done, when really there is no comparison.  What we have done is according to our own gifts and abilities.  We should never judge our own worth by what other people have done.  It will skew your perceptions and you will overshoot, or stop short of your own goals.  Judge you by you.  You may not hit the mark every time, but I’ll guarantee you will be a whole lot more accurate that way.

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