10 days pass, 11 days pass, 12 days pass and I was starting to freak out. I sent him a not as friendly as it could have been email. Day 14 he emails me back, apologizing for the delay, he has been without power. I felt like a completely spoiled rotten Westerner. My thoughts were negative towards this individual and I did not consider that there may be environmental things happening beyond his control. It even crossed my mind that he was just saying that as an excuse, which also made me feel terrible and while he could be, I have decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.
|The fireplace that kept us from freezing|
I was reminded with this encounter from with the guy from fiverr is that everyone has things going on in their lives that we don't see. We need to give people the benefit of the doubt when we don't know why they are not "living up to our expectations" or making things "stressful" for us. Really, the couple extra days didn't make a difference in my life. I haven't rushed out and got the poster even printed (I am doing that today, let's hope it doesn't take more than 24 hours). It was a bit inconvenient to me, but nothing else. It was truly a first world problem.
I am thankful for the reminder to keep my problems in perspective.