Sunday, May 28, 2006

Protesting Against Boredom

Several years ago an interesting story came out of America that concerned a New York bus driver. He was one of the many bus drivers whose job it was to negotiate the busy streets and crazy drivers in that pulsating city.

But one day, instead of doing his normal city round, he simply drove off in his empty bus and began driving down the east coast all the way to Florida. When he was finally located a bevy of journalists besieged him and asked, “Why did you do that?”

He said, “I have become tired of driving the same old route every day. I decided to go away on a trip.” His adventure produced a lot of publicity. By the time he got back to New York he had become a hero and huge crowds lined the streets to give him a ticker tape parade.

The incident had a satisfactory outcome with the bus company deciding not to penalize him but giving his job back so long as he promised not to take any more jaunts.

By this time the whole of the city was cheering because this man had protested against the boredom and the drudgery of life and he had become a symbol of the great longing among people to break out and get away from it all.

Source: I think this comes from one of Chuck Swindoll’s books.

Image: N Y Bus