So on Friday’s post we talked about the choice to see the positive in everything that happens in our life. And while this is something I really strive to do, it ain’t always easy!
Right after I wrote that, I hopped on a plane to Orange County to conduct a program there. I had a return reservation home on Saturday afternoon, so I could get back that night and enjoy a relaxing day off Sunday.
Then the organizer in California informed me that my presentation was going to be at noon, instead of 9 am as I planned. This meant I couldn’t fly out until Sunday morning.
What are you going to do? I decided to relax Saturday night, get a massage and watch the ballgame. Then my flight on Sunday would get me home in time to watch Sunday night baseball.
Or that was the plan, until I got to the airport and the gate agent at American informed me my flight was cancelled because the equipment was broken. They had called my office in Miami, instead of my cell, so I had left the hotel early and they have no lounge at that airport. They rebooked me on a later connection and only have a window seat instead of my usual aisle. (Sigh.) Now I won’t lie…
There’s still a part of me left over from my negative days to want to get exasperated, and berate the agent with snarky comments about the incompetence of AA, venting my frustration. But that wouldn’t be very nice…
It certainly isn’t her fault. And what good does that do for her or me?
I’ve learned a long time ago that unless I want to move to Singapore or Dubai, so I can fly Singapore Airlines or Emirates everywhere, I have a choice. I can pay $20,000 or $30,000 a trip for a private jet, or invest that money in creating more wealth and put up with some inconvenience and mediocrity of the American carriers.
When the itinerary calls for it, sometimes I’ll choice the private jet route. But since most of my trips are international, that usually doesn’t make sense.
So I pulled my roll-on to a deserted gate with a spectacular view of the runway and had my church service by watching the planes take off and land. Then when my frame of mind was right, I wrote two chapters of my next book.
I’d like to say nothing fazes me and my attitude is always perfect. And that every problem instantly produces some unforeseen benefit that outweighs the challenge.
So this is the part where I would tell you on the new flight I ended up sitting next to George Lucas and he asked me to direct and star in the final Star Wars trilogy. But alas, George probably opted to pay the money for a private jet, and my flights home were pretty uneventful and late.
Not every challenge is fun. In fact most aren’t. But as W. Mitchell likes to say, it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you choose to respond to it.
It’s all in the game, yo.
It’s not always easy. But every challenge we face helps us build character to become the person we want to be.
Ain’t it great!