A Packet of Cookies (Pacote De Biscoitos)


A packet of cookiesA young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to spend her time. She also bought a packet of cookies. She sat down in an armchair, in the VIP room of the airport, to rest and read in peace.

Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading. When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated but said nothing. She just thought: “What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!”

For each cookie she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her but she didn’t want to cause a scene. When only one cookie remained, she thought: “ah… What this abusive man do now?”

Then, the man, taking the last cookie, divided it into half, giving her one half. Ah! That was too much! She was much too angry now! In a huff, she took her book, her things and stormed to the boarding place.

When she sat down in her seat, inside the plane, she looked into her purse to take her eyeglasses, and, to her surprise, her packet of cookies was there, untouched, unopened!

She felt so ashamed!! She realized that she was wrong… She had forgotten that her cookies were kept in her purse.

The man had divided his cookies with her, without feeling angered or bitter…while she had been very angry, thinking that she was dividing her cookies with him. And now there was no chance to explain herself…nor to apologize.”

There are 4 things that you cannot recover.
The stone…
…after the throw!

The word…
…after it’s said!

The occasion…
… after the loss!

The time…
…after it’s gone!

4 Responses to “A Packet of Cookies (Pacote De Biscoitos)”

  1. corinne Says:

    I loved this story as it is the lessons that we learn when we are reacting to something that is irritating or negative.
    Some time ago, I complained to one of my teachers that I was very hurt and angry with my family for treating me the way that they did; her response was, “there is a lot of power going on there and wonderful things to learn from this”. Needless to say, I said nothing, all the time thinking, “what could she possibly be thinking or mean by that”? Much later, it hit me. My reaction to the given action was important, for it is my reaction that can either change the outcome, or make it worse.
    This story reminds me of this and therefore is endearing. thank you… Corinne

  2. JESHZ Says:

    hi!actually, I also loved this story, a nice story, that we can also shares to others and have something to learn even to the child you can also tell them in a way of story that have a lesson to learn like dont sudden judge for someone that you didnt yet gather an information. In other words dont jump into judgemental/conclusion and that will cause your fault/mistakes…and make your life worse and also embarass to others…

  3. kirti Says:

    According to me its really a wonderful story. It teaches us the realities of life-a platform where we meet many people.It tells us that its our reaction in fact that turns the table to our side or away from us. If one is going to implement this lesson into his/her life then world would become a glorious place to live in.

  4. andrea jose Says:

    i like the story ..makes me think that i behave and think like the woman in the story

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