A number of months in the past somebody despatched me a hyperlink with an attachment. I attempted to click on on it, however couldn’t get it to open. Barely three seconds later, I acquired about 194 bounce backs/OOOs and Please Do Not Reply emails.
It was a dreaded e-mail virus that pinged each poor soul in my contact historical past. Yikes!
Did I freak out (a tiny bit)? Certain—particularly when a barrage of panicked texts got here by way of from my hypervigilant pals. However then I assumed, large deal, and went again to Fb scrolling. (FYI, whereas annoying, the virus turned out to be extra hype than hurt.)
However one thing else stunning occurred. A number of random individuals (tbh, I’d type of forgotten they existed!) replied, saying howdy and that it was good to see my title pop up of their inbox. Some even despatched form phrases about my success.
At the back of my thoughts, which by no means ceases to search out the silver lining, I assumed, I’m a fortunate gal. I forgot what number of good individuals I do know. How cool to be reminded of all of them. I felt calm. And that’s a cool factor to really feel when one thing goes unsuitable.
It made me assume: What else might truly be going proper in our lives that we miss as a result of we’re so targeted on what’s going unsuitable? Listed below are a number of examples to think about in your life:
1. Your pet/baby/partner is sick.
I don’t find out about you, however my canine is at all times sick proper earlier than I am going out of city. It’s like she’s psychic and needs to guilt me into staying dwelling. The final time this occurred I used to be en path to the vet and on the cellphone with a pal. I mentioned, “I can’t imagine that is occurring hours earlier than I board a flight, once more.” She mentioned, “Girl, Coco’s not always sick. You’re just always on a flight because your life is fun.”
Ha! I assume I had been touring so much within the final yr. Plus, having the cutest yorkie on the planet is nothing to complain about, is it? It’s a blessing having somebody to take care of.
2. Your flight is delayed.
Talking of journey, you wouldn’t imagine the guttural groans you hear at any airport when there’s an announcement alongside the traces of, “Ladies and gentleman, Flight 257 to Cancun is delayed by 40 minutes.” Heck, going to Cancun? That’s price a small journey delay, absolutely. And should you get there safely? Properly that’s all any traveler can ask for. And if it’s a mechanical checkup of some type—sure, please delay us! And thanks! Professional tip: Tweet your airline. Typically they provide you bonus journey factors or airport spending $ for the inconvenience!
three. A dreary commute makes you late to work.
All of us get that dreaded feeling once we see that delay signal on public transport or hit visitors on the highway on the best way to work. Earlier than bemoaning your life, assume: I’m fortunate I’ve someplace to be at present. A gathering, an workplace, a convention. With lots of people out of labor and on the hunt for a job, you’re in a lucky place.
four. Your partner burns the rice. Or the cookies. Or units off the hearth alarm.
I’m responsible of this. All. The. Time. When my husband complains concerning the smoky house and searing alarm I say, “Be grateful I’m doing something in this bloody kitchen!” It’s an excellent factor to have somebody to prepare dinner for you, it doesn’t matter what. Proper? Even if you’re consuming the crispiest (ahem) potatoes you’ve ever tasted, no less than you’re noshing on them with somebody you care about. And that’s what love largely is: sitting by way of dinners (good and dangerous) collectively.
5. Your weblog/cellphone/laptop computer crashes.
Technical glitches and failures (even simply being out of WiFi vary) make us wanna pull our hair out. However guess what? They’re virtually at all times fastened promptly and with out hurt.
When my weblog gave an error message for a few hours throughout a launch, I used to be rocking backwards and forwards like a loopy cat. All was resolved. Nobody was damage. And hey, it goes to indicate how a lot my weblog means to me! And I attempt to remind myself to worth its operational effectivity the opposite 364 days of the yr. Are you able to chill out when expertise fails you? You’ll be reconnected with your whole beloved pals and followers quickly, I promise.
Solely individuals who have so much going for them (individuals and possessions they love, good well being, a enterprise, a job they adore, an S.O. who cooks… ) can lose! It is truly a privilege as a result of nothing dangerous can occur with out there being one thing good as a substitute first.
What are you able to see in a different way proper now?
Susie Moore is Greatist’s life coach columnist and a confidence coach in New York Metropolis. Join free weekly wellness recommendations on her web site and test again each Tuesday for her newest No Regrets column!