Thought Experiment Thursday: The Ambulance

It’s 7:30 AM. This is the fourth ambulance I hear race past outside the window.

Of course. It’s a holiday. People are out partying. More stuff happens.

At first, I thought it was annoying. “Ugh, why do they all have to take my street?”

I still roll my eyes sometimes, when yet another siren comes on. But then, I realize I’m lucky.

“Thank god it’s not coming for me.”

After all, every time the horn starts howling, someone is in danger. Some crisis is unfolding.

Who are they? What happened? Will they be okay? I’ll never know.

I send a little hope their way, then rest some more. How else can I make the most of today?


An ambulance is an extreme example, but there are many opportunities to feel lucky. Someone spills their coffee, but not on you. Someone falls down, but it’s not you. Often, we choose schadenfreude. It’s when we laugh at others’ misery.

But every once in a while, let’s choose gratitude instead. Let’s choose “maybe this isn’t such a bad day.” I mean, who knows? One day, the siren might truly ring for us.

If that day ever comes, remembering the times it didn’t will help us make it through.

-Nik


About Thought Experiment Thursday: Einstein said we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Science estimates we have about 35 thoughts per minute. That’s a lot of chances to change our thinking. So on Thursdays, that’s what we’ll practice.

A question opens the mind. A statement closes it. Let’s keep ours wide open.


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