Recently I went on an interstate trip with my partner and when we arrived at the airport we were told that we had missed our flight by a measly 13 minutes and no more flights were available with that airline for the rest of the day. Needless to say we were not impressed (an understatement), threw a few expletives around between ourselves and started to feel as though our little trip was going to be ruined.
However, we managed to get another flight with a different airline not long after (for a premium of course), arrived at our destination only to then discover that my luggage didn’t make the same flight. ‘What else could go wrong,’ I thought? Well that must have been an invitation to the universe to play with us some more because when we checked into our ‘serviced apartment’ we quickly realised it was not what we were expecting and were also told there was no power.
What did this experience teach me? It taught me that things in life are going to go wrong whether we like it or not. Things that sometimes we have control over, sometimes we don’t; events or circumstances that are going to anger, frustrate or upset us.
But what’s the beauty in all of this? We have a choice. A choice whether or not to let these situations ruin our day or add humour to them. A choice whether to let an external person or situation rob us of our happiness or to let them be a reminder of the kind of happiness we actually possess.
We could have allowed this unfortunate sequence of events to completely ruin our entire weekend but what good could come from that? Instead we licked our wounds, reached into our pockets to pay a little more money so we could continue with our wonderful weekend away and what happened? We ended up having a fabulous & fun time and were able to laugh about the way the weekend unfolded and appreciate it for all it was worth – and that is priceless.
So the next time you’re about to write off an unfortunate turn of events or have a little tanty, STOP. Readjust your way of thinking, have a laugh at how cheeky the universe can be and realise that it’s all part of the journey you’re meant to be on.
Have you recently been in a sticky situation or had something go wrong? What happened and how did you handle it? I’d love for you to share with me in the comments below.
Don’t follow your dreams; chase them.