Benjamin Franklin stated, “It’s better to be a pessimist and pleasantly surprised than an optimist and constantly disappointed.” My take on this is that when you are an optimist and you have the ability to find the silver lining in all situations good and bad, you would not perceive anything to be a constant disappointment.
Have you ever had one of those days where things were just off from the moment you woke up and then, as the day progressed, more mishaps and misfortunes occurred? Sh*t happens to all of us. Sh*t does not discriminate the optimists or pessimists, the positive or negative, etc. The biggest difference is that some people choose to be defeated while others choose to own the situation and rise above it.
This past Wednesday, I had one of those days. I woke up unrested because my sinus infection medication kept me up all night. Throughout my day, I was scatterbrained and forgetful. Then, my iphone battery died, but I did not realize it until I hopped in my car to go to my late afternoon meeting. I couldn’t map my driving directions because of my dead phone. I couldn’t call my contact also because of my dead phone. So, being fairly familiar with the area, I took an exit to get to the Starbucks that I suspected was correct, but ended up turning the wrong direction. Now, minutes late, I finally show up at the Starbucks only to find it was not the right one. After flipping through the yellow pages, I finally located the right Starbucks and showed up 15 minutes late only to miss my meeting. So, I decided to order a tea and sat at the Starbucks for a bit to catch up on emails. I then used some of that time to run some errands. Again, not having an operable phone and having no access to my calendar, I now was on my way to my dinner meeting and not sure whether I was too early or on time. I, in fact, did show up too early but couldn’t call my contact to verify because my phone was dead, yes. To round up the strange events, I didn’t realize until the next day that I had lost my debit card sometime throughout the day.
Now, I could have let the day from h*ll defeat my attitude. However, I chose to laugh at the oddity of the day and find all of the small beautiful things that occurred throughout the day to make sense of it all. I maintained my composure and poise and smiled and laughed with strangers as I shared my mishaps while they were occurring. It wasn’t until I made it to my last destination on that crazy Wednesday that I had a chance to notice that on the side of my cup of tea, the Starbucks cashier had drawn a smiley face with teeth showing! As simple of a gesture as it was, she impacted me in such a huge way. Not only did show a genuine act of kindness, which I appreciated, I thought about it a little more: when I saw the cup from a different angle, I was able to see something positive and smiled at the situation. What a beautiful ending to an odd day of undesirable occurrences.
Thank you Starbucks lady!
To a Balanced Life,