The Cookie Thief

by Valerie Cox

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be. . .grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too, when only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other, she snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother. This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude, why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled, and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were his, and he tried to share. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,  that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.


Things are not always what they seem 👀

How often do we judge others unfairly? Without all the facts? Based on assumptions and limited perception?

More and more, I am becoming aware that when I find fault in others, it is in me too. The ‘fault’ is simply a reflection of what I don’t like about myself.

Now, when I am triggered by another’s behaviour, I stop and ask myself

“𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵, 𝘈𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘢?”

And more and more, the answers lead me to a place of understanding, compassion and acceptance.

Judgement of others is judgement of yourself.


If we are simply walking each other home, let’s be kind to all on that journey.


Recommended reading 📚

Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford