Tell me I’m not the only one that gets into a “woe is me” mood, a “why isn’t anything ever easy” mood, a “could anything else go wrong” mood. You get in those moods too, don’t you?
I constantly flirt with those moods. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to flip my attitude. Small things [and sometimes big (that’s what she said!)] remind me that sometimes things work out just fine for me. I think it is important to take a moment to appreciate my good fortune because I certainly take enough moments to bemoan when things do go the way I want them to.
Here’s what happened recently that helped me remember that for the most part I am fortunate …I went to use a brand new ATM card for an account that I opened because my old account started to charge ridiculous fees that I refuse to pay (woe is me). Anyway, I went to the ATM, made a deposit, and went on my way. Later that day, I wanted to use the new ATM card to pay for dinner and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I left it in the ATM machine! Argh!!! I just got the dang card and I immediately lose it (woe is me).
I went back to the ATM machine, the card was not there, but I asked a security guard if anyone had turned one in and he said yes. I went inside the branch that was just minutes from closing and got my card back! Something that was my fault and was potentially going to turn into a pain in my butt instead ended up being a nice reminder of the kindness of strangers.
This got me to thinking of other times I’ve gotten lucky or benefited from the kindness of strangers…
- Once I lost my wallet and even before I noticed it was gone someone had called my home phone to let me know they had found it.
- Years ago, I was mugged and my boyfriend at the time asked me if I could get any of the material things stolen from me what would I like back the most. I said, “Everything.” Guess what? I got everything back except for $5 and my sense of safety. Apparently, the mugger just kept dropping my stuff along the street and 3 different people went out of the their way to contact me and return my journal, purse, and personal effects. It was nice to know that for the one horrid person that took from me, there were at least 3 kind people willing to help out a stranger.
- I was in college, totally broke, and hungry. Payday wasn’t until the next day. I went for a walk and found $2 on the sidewalk, which I took to the produce store and turned into a delicious baked potato dinner.
I have so many more examples, but you get the point. It is so easy for me to get into a “woe is me” mood, but the truth is that more often than not, “woe is not me”. In your face woe!!!
What about you? When have you gotten lucky and I’m not talking about in the bedroom (that’s a whole other post)?
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