Out Of Bad Things…
Good Things Come!
You're going along, living your life and WHAM! A bunch of shit hits the fan and immediately, you think, I'm fucked.
I get it.
In one 24 hour period, we hit a natural gas line in our backyard, had a flat tire and my imac was stuck on some weird vertical scroll and wouldn't stop.
You can claim mercury retrograde but I like to think that life is constantly shifting and sometimes it just shifts all at once.
Here's my own set of guidelines for playing the game of life when shit happens.
- Don't take anything personally. It's not about you.
- Deal with each situation one moment at a time.
- Look for solutions rather than continuing to state how fucked you are.
Here's what I discovered.
The Gas Line
We've been paying a small service fee for months for a gas repair service and guess what? It really works! The dude came out this morning and not only is he repairing the line but he's replacing the whole thing as it's from a bazillion years ago and completely not up to code. And yes, the cost is 100% covered. We will get an entirely new up-to-code gas line installed at zero cost to us. WIN!
The Flat Tire
We called AAA who showed up lickety split and put the spare on for me. Then we found a garage down the street that was still open after 5 pm and they fixed the flat. Total cost? $10. But the best part? The garage owners and employees were super cool and we will definitely take our vehicles there for repairs or tires or whatever. WIN!
The Vertical Scroll
The iMac that wouldn't stop scrolling. I ran disk utility. I ran Clean my Mac. I started in safe mode and ran disk utility again. Nothing was helping. Then I noticed the bluetooth icon was flashing. The wireless keyboard needed new batteries. Boom. Done. Fixed. Okay, maybe that wasn't a big win but the next time it happens? I'll know what it means.
The point is… when you think of the amazing things, people, situations etc in your life. You can almost always trace them back to a previous situation that was probably not all that great. In fact, it probably sucked.
You learn what really matters when you lose someone. You find out how to love when you experience heartbreak. You uncover your own resourcefulness when you need money fast.
I met my husband when I was in the middle of an awful relationship with a boyfriend.
We rescued our dog who had been picked up on the streets of Miami eating rocks.
Living a moldy house in LA made us realize that it was time for a change and we found our dream home in Florida.
So the next time the shit hits the fan and you find yourself thinking how fucked you are… STOP.
Turn it into the biggest, most wondrous opportunity of your lifetime.