It was rush hour time at London Victoria Station in 2007. It was the height of the tube (rail) strike and workers were forced into long queues to access the bus network.
Gareth Edwards was standing with other commuters in a long, snaking line for a bus, when a smartly dressed businessman blatantly cuts in line behind him. (Behind him: this detail matters.)
The interloper proves immune to polite complain about his actions, but Gareth Edwards had a magnificent idea. He turns to the elderly woman standing behind the queue-jumper, and asks her if she’d like to go ahead of him. She accepts, so he asks the person behind her, and the next person, and the next until 60 or 70 people have moved ahead, Edwards and the seething queue-jumper shuffling further backwards all the time. The bus finally pulls up, and Edwards hears a shout from the front of the line. It’s the elderly woman, addressing him: “Young man! Do you want to go in front of me? Leaving the queue jumper at the very end of the line and coming last.
Do you jump the queue too? Or do you jump red lights?
Our actions say a lot about our mind set and values. Jumping the queue or jumping red lights simply shows little regard for human life and other people’s rights.
This week be conscious of others and be an ambassador for peaceful living.