Rachel Nichols: Why do I always choose the shopping cart with the squeaky wheel? Is it my bad luck, or are all the carts dysfunctional?
Craig Dacy writes: “I have a pet peeve. You know when you’re at the grocery store and you see shopping carts littered around the parking lot? That drives me insane.” He has decided that there are two different people in this world: cart returners and cart deserters. Whichever side of the line you stand on says a lot about you.
He believes that cart returners put others first. When you take the time to return your cart to its receptacle, you’re showing that you care about the employees of the grocery store. You acknowledge that if you don’t put the cart away, someone else will have to do it for you. Basically it shows that you’re not a selfish jerk. If you’re a cart deserter, you make it all about you.
Successful people put others first. Instead of being wrapped up in things that benefit them, they look for ways to help and serve those around them. Zig Ziglar said, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” When it comes to money, the more giving you are, the more you’re likely to make. An open hand allows money to come and leave freely.
Cart returners are disciplined. Who hasn’t wanted to just leave their cart anywhere close to their own car and just leave? Can’t I leave the cart here just this once? Walking the cart back to the receptacle shows you’re disciplined. You’ve committed yourself to a moral standard that you won’t break. Discipline is an attractive quality in people. Employers look for it in their employees and people look for it in their potential mates. They want to know they can trust you to do the right thing no matter what the circumstances.
Note to my readers/friends: The previous paragraph is a little too much for me. If you’re disciplined in returning shopping carts, you’re likely to get a better job? OMG. I’m not sure I trust this Craig guy.
Cart returners are happier people. He thinks deserters are selfish. Selfish people aren’t happy. Giving to others brings happiness into our lives. Whether it’s a big or small gesture, they can make a lasting impact. Focusing only on ourselves gives us a negative outlook on life. We tend to only think about the things we don’t have, the things we want, or the things others have that we wish we had. None of these bring on a spirit of gratitude or contentment.
Finding a way to give to others will change your outlook. Giving takes the focus off of yourself and puts it on others. This can even benefit your budget. When you’re not focused on yourself, you tend to spend less money on yourself. Funny how that works out.
At the end of the day, the only person you can control is you. As infuriating as it is to see a front row parking space blocked by a deserted cart, take comfort in knowing that you still have the upper hand.