Let me start off with a question I feel like everyone has experienced at least once in their lives and that is, Have you ever had so many unfortunate things happen all at ounce? Did you feel overwhelmed or did you handle the situation with ease? Recently, my car blew its engine while my boyfriend and I were on the freeway. Luckily, we didn’t get into an accident and it was toward the end of the night when there wasn’t too many cars driving by. Sitting on the shoulder lane, rummaging through my car for my insurance card only to find that it was left at home, while calling a tow truck and learning that the tow truck driver will be an hour late. Not only that but the day before I had an unpleasant experience with the salad I had for lunch causing some light food poisoning, still feeling the lingering effects .
Sitting in my broken down car waiting I was stewing in my own anger. “How could this happen? What did I do wrong? Why do these things happen at the worse times possible?” The questions just kept rolling in my head encouraging my anger. Just when I was ready to explode, my comforting boyfriend hugged me and encouraged me to think of the possitives.
Usually, I tend to look at the cup half empty when situations like this occur. I thought “yeah right what’s so positive about this?” But, when I started to look at all the things that could have gone wrong I was so relieved. We started saying out loud all the things that could have happened to us and all of a sudden I could feel the heavy anger turning into a lighter load. I realized that I was alive first of all, and my boyfriend was alive too, and that is something to be really grateful for. We didn’t get into a massive accident, no intense injuries, no one else was hurt, the car wasn’t torn to pieces. This was probably the most mild car encounter I could have ever experienced! Then fate turned around when the tow truck driver arrived, he gave us a $10 discount for arriving late and we got home safely.
With this whole experience I learned that, it’s just another part of life. Things break down, unfortunate events can exhaust many emotions, and when it rains it pours. But with all the bad there is always good, Yin and Yang. My new outlook when things get me down is to do this. You take the situation(s) that are making you angry or sad and look at its potential worse possible state. Then, you look at all the wonderful things you have in your life right now. There will be obstacles in life that can be overcome, and hey life is short. Happiness is what you make it to be. Be thankful, be positive, and most of all be happy!
~With Love, Shaila