Today you spent a good amount of your afternoon and early evening angry, seething even, over a situation that was out of your control at every step of the way. Yes, UPS said they attempted to deliver your new Kindle at home when you were there and know they did not, so I get it you would be upset. And yes, the customer service people at UPS were incredibly unhelpful, so I get it you would be upset. But you got downright angry, pounding-headache angry.
Here’s the thing, you only hurt yourself. Well, you were also an ass to some of the customer service people you spoke to, but let’s hope they didn’t take it personally beyond the moment you hung up. Ultimately, you only hurt yourself. No one at UPS will lose sleep over your package not getting delivered today, no one will pound their chest and scream “MEA CULPA!” as they look at the trail of calls I made, no one cares. They will redeliver the package tomorrow, and that’s that. But the headache you’ve had all afternoon, the scowl you’ve worn for hours, the pressure in your chest from keeping all that anger down, that’s all shit you’ve done to yourself.
And really, let’s have some perspective here, yes? This is a quintessential first world problem. Nothing about this situation affects your life or that of your wife or daughter, nor your livelihood, or where you live, or anything remotely important. We’re talking about a one-pound electronic toy, a luxury, that you’ve lived without forever, so what if it takes a day or two more to arrive? Where has been this level of anger for actual things that deserve it, like the corrupt government running our country, the blatant displays of racism, the rampant gun violence? Mind you, you don’t need to give yourself an aneurysm over those either, but let’s maybe express emotions appropriate to the situation, yes?
A week from the time you finally get your Kindle it won’t matter that UPS messed things up because you’ll be enjoying reading in your new, brighter ebook device, so take some Tylenol for that headache you still have and remember you can only control your actions and reactions, so do that.