Story of a bus driver

​This one again is the part of the series of shirt stories based on simple life lessons, like the one called ‘Knowing where to tap, that I had shared previously. (you can find it here:

I had received a good number of encouraging comments on that one, so here’s a new one. Enjoy!

One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops-a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well. At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, “Big John doesn’t need to pay!” and sat down at the back.


Did I mention that the driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek? Well, he was. Naturally, he didn’t argue with Big John, but he wasn’t happy about it. The next day the same thing happened-Big John got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the one after that and so forth.


This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him. Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff.


By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what’s more, he felt really good about himself. So on the next Monday, when Big John once Again got on the bus and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!,” The driver stood up, glared back at the passenger, and screamed, “And why not?” With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, “Big John has a bus pass.”


Lesson: Be sure what is a problem in the first place before working hard to solve one. Also, one must never be afraid of confrontation. To ask and to know and is much better than not asking and not knowing the right thing. As Spencer Johnson says, “What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.” 

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  1. Wonderful story and how true to life. The good thing at the end is that both bus driver and big John benefited. Bus driver learnt to be stronger and confident. Big John spoke and In doing so made a friend.

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    1. Curses, tapped too quickly on my phone. This was a great story. The ending really made me chuckle and reminded me of many situations I’ve put myself in by reacting anxiously rather than calmly. Your fiction is wonderful and your blog posts where you discuss your thoughts and very interesting. Wonderful blog!

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