One Foot In, One Foot Out

There’s always one person who sticks their foot inside the train doors as soon as they open.

Marking your territory preempts other boarding passengers from getting ahead. It also makes it more difficult for those exiting the train.

There’s a big difference between being aggressive and cheating just to get ahead.

Playing by the rules means that participants have to play harder, think smarter, and prepare one step ahead. The first step to fair advancement is ensuring that you show up on time, even before everyone else.

Cutting corners, fence sitting with one foot on the train and another foot on the track, is a sure way to win nothing but a little extra convenience for your impatience and creating a lot of danger for others coming out the opposite way. Stay in your lane.

Everyone is equal at the start. Naturally, some play wiser and act quicker than others. Proper urgency begets evolution.

If you want to advance, do it the right way. Make preparations. Do it with equanimity. And occasionally, do it for someone else. Give up your seat to someone who really needs it more, like that old lady.

Cheaters never win; they just make other people mad. Know your place and stay within the boundaries.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.