Every good side has a bad side. I was happily surprised that I saw little bad while I visited Disney World. The bad thing that I did see was ungrateful people.
My experience with meditation didn’t go well but something I find easy and beneficial to do every day is to show gratitude. It comes easily being I have a disease that keeps me in a cold dark room and even the littlest bit of relief allows me to be grateful.
I also was a special education teacher for children with severe needs. I can tell you that when you’ve worked with a child that is severely Autistic or is multiply handicapped you see the world in a different way.
So here’s the bad about Disney World….ungrateful adults. I have always been able to work with difficult children because of the reminder that they don’t know any better. I don’t give adults that benefit of the doubt.
As I was standing waiting for my family after a bathroom break (I told you we were hydrating!) I saw a most ungrateful man. He literally stopped in front of me and screamed at his daughter (or could have been his granddaughter, I couldn’t tell) about her band aid falling off her hand.
First of all, band aids fall off a moving hand. Secondly, shame on him for yelling and embarrassing his daughter about such an insignificant thing. As she hung her head I could feel the anger rise in me.
I texted my best friend and told her I considered tripping the man (hopefully scrapping his hand) and handing his daughter an extra band aid to put in her pocket. I don’t go anywhere without band aids. Kids fall and when they fall they need a band aid. Even when there isn’t blood, sometimes a band aid just makes them feel better.
You know what doesn’t make them feel better, getting yelled at in a group of people. How ungrateful! He was worried about this tiny detail of his day and I am sitting there thinking of the Make a Wish family that had just walked by me. I bet that family wasn’t worried about a band aid. I bet their worries were real and powerful and that they would give anything to have their biggest problem be a band aid. That family was smiling and laughing and not worrying about such a small thing because they know BIG problems. I wish that family could talk to that man and tell him about real anger. Not anger at their child but anger at what they were suffering from.
Another time I saw the bad side of Disney was when we were on a ride. At one point the ride stopped and they made a statement about the ride stopping and that it would start again in a moment. I heard a woman behind me groan and start loudly complaining about how she couldn’t believe it was ruining her ride.
It’s a funny thing about perspective. My first thought wasn’t to complain it was to hope. I sat there hoping that the boy I saw in a wheel chair with a feeding tube was being carefully wheeled onto the ride. While this woman was complaining I was hoping that this sweet child would be able to experience the beauty and wonder of the ride that I was getting to enjoy. While this woman was complaining with her working legs and loud mouth I would be interested to hear what that dad I saw pushing him would think. I’m glad he couldn’t hear her and hope they got to enjoy!
Are these people bad people, of course not. I only heard and saw a small moment of their day. No one is perfect and I ‘m sure they were dealing with their own issues. Everyone has problems and everyone expresses them differently. But from my perspective the bad thing about Disney is the ungrateful people.
I can’t go anywhere without negative people surrounding me and some days it bothers me more than others. On a day that I felt OK and was literally looking to the sky being grateful for everything this world had provided me. Then, I heard such nonsense of “band aid gate” and “let’s pause for a moment and complain.”
Let’s all show gratitude!
Part 3 of Disney World is coming. You know it had to come…..the MIGRAINE! This one has a great lesson.