I hastily dig through the bottom of my purse to find change for the
parking meter. I am late for the special lunchtime event Carleton
University Students Association is holding. I toy with the idea of not
paying and taking my chances. The Canadian actor, Adam Beach, will be
speaking about his recent movie, Wind Talkers, and answering questions
from the audience. I am a huge fan and don't want to risk missing even a
moment. I had been warned to come early because the classroom only
holds thirty students and it is first come, first served. As I shove my
last quarter into the meter I notice someone on hands and knees on the
far side of the parking lot. We had had four inches of fresh snow last
night. The person seems rather frantic, moving in quick, choppy,
searching motions as they have evidently lost something in the snow. As I
jog to the exit, I come closer to this person. It is apparent that they
need help. Do I do the right thing and stop? Realizing that if I do I
might not get in to see my movie star crush.
Hoping they will
decline my offer of assistance, I yell out, "Hey. Lose something?" I
cringe inside as the words come out of my mouth; I know I'm not going to
make it to the event. The person looks up in desperation. I am
Breathless they speak, "Ya I can't find my keys!
I dropped them. And I'm late for something. They've gotta be here
somewhere." We search for a few minutes, all the while the person
telling me that they are late, and don't even know where they are going.
"This campus is so big!", they exclaim.
I find the keys when I shuffle my feet to one side and feel my boot kick them. As I know the campus fairly well, I offer to help the person find where they are going. Chatting and laughing as we walk, I can tell that they are feeling a lot less stressed. We enter the building and find their classroom. The room breaks out in applause as Adam Beach and I enter.
Thanks for your story Donna. Here's my identifications:
Trigger – late for a much-anticipated event
Problem – a person in obvious need of help vs. need to get going
Quest- to do the right thing or not
Resolution- helping the person find their keys, and realizing it is the same person sought
Purpose- the reward of doing the right thing
What a wonderful story, Donna and it nicely captures serendipitous exchanges. Here’s what I make of it:
Trigger – late for the event and not enough change for the parking meter
Problem – stranger looking for help; dilemma about helping
Quest- figure out the best way to help the stranger and find the missing keys
Resolution- make it to the event and make a grand entry with the speaker!
Purpose- the importance of doing the right thing
Thank you Taruna. I also learned that celebrities are human! - something that I had never thought of. :)
btw, I loved your story!
Funny how both our stories led to the fact that we are all human in moments of excitement and embarrassment :)