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04-APRIL 04-2020

But What About When it’s Not a Great Day?

It’s a good question.  And I may not be able to answer it to your satisfaction.

We’ve all been inconvenienced and frustrated when it wasn’t remedied to our satisfaction.

There’s some advice from the Bible that says, “Give thanks in all things.”  Notice it doesn’t say, for all things.  We don’t have to be
grateful for everything that happens.  But our experience is mostly dependent upon our point of view.

There might be some positive aspects to our ‘luggage being lost’ or a winning lotto ticket ‘not purchased’ but not likely.  It’s usually a bummer.

But we can be grateful in all things.  If our luggage truly does not arrive at its intended destination at the appropriate time, there’s nothing we can do about it.  It’s done.

What we can do something about is how we respond.  It’s a fact the luggage isn’t there, or ticket wasn’t purchased.  And it’s undoubtedly true it will be unhandy to be without it.  But from that point on, what meaning we assign to the experience and the actions we take or don’t take is up to us.

If we choose to indulge our anger at the airline (for this and all previous transgressions), we manufacture harmful chemicals in our body that can only make things worse.  We reduce our resource-fullness and often become unpleasant to be around.

If there’s something we can do about the situation, we should do it.  If not, we need to accept what is and make the best of it.

It’s not always easy, but that’s how we keep this and every day from being a bad day.

If our focus is on what’s wrong, that’s what will grow.  If our focus is on what’s right and / or what can be done, then that will increase.  There are many things outside our control, but there are also many things we do have control over.

A little over a hundred years ago, a trip across the country took many months, and if more than half the travelers made it through alive, it was considered a successful trip.  Today, people get upset if their flight is delayed a couple of hours or their luggage is lost.

I’m not trying to make light of someone’s situation.  Nor am I making excuses for the airline not doing a better job or making things right
when they messed up.  But in the whole scheme of things, it really is small stuff.  It’s we who make these things into big things.

Lost luggage is nothing compared to finding out your wife or husband has been diagnosed with cancer.  It’s nothing compared to finding two uniformed officers at your door with news your son or daughter has been killed in action.  We have to put things in perspective.

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