I’ll like to share with you a real situation that happened to me last week.
I shall describe it in two different ways.
Real Situation. Interpretation One.
After speaking at a conference last week, I was making my way home, feeling tired after all the travel.
I wait in a queue as I’m boarding a flight in the middle of the night.
I show my ticket to the flight attendant. And then things start to go all wrong.
The attendant jerks the ticket out of my hand, making my phone fall from my hand.
I stupidly had removed the protective case and now it looks like my phone is going to fall through a gap onto the tarmac. I can’t let that happen!
Like an idiot, I step on my phone to try and stop it falling further. Instead I end up bending the whole phone and smashing the screen up completely. The Apple phone looks more like a banana.
The flight attendant ignores the fact that he knocked the phone out of my hand, and doesn’t even apologise. I’m shocked.
I should have demanded a free upgrade or something, but I’m so silly, I didn’t even do that.
When I land back home, I search for my wallet….I can’t find it! What?! No wallet as well!
All my credit cards…my cash…it’s all gone. Disappeared. Then I have the horrible thought: ‘Maybe I left it on the plane.’
So I call the flight company up…still no luck at all. They say it’s not there. I try calling the next day. They give the same answer.
What a terrible day. Smashed up phone. Lost cash. Lost credit cards…
How unlucky am I?
Real Situation. Interpretation Two.
I board my flight with two of my best friends. We’ve had the best time of our lives and are looking forward to spreading happiness back home.
My phone gets accidentally knocked out of my hand and I step on it and help stop it getting lost forever between the stairs and the plane. Smart move!
The flight attendant is a bit shocked, but I don’t make a big fuss as it’ll probably upset him, and it is an old phone after all. I’m proud how nice I am to him. I even tell him not to worry about it!
When I play around with the shattered screen in my seat. To my amazement, I discovered the phone still works, and I enjoy listening to meditations on the flight home. Bliss!
We have a fabulous flight - one of my friends who doesn’t normally enjoy flying says it’s the best flight she’s ever been on. We’re all very happy about that.
When we finally land, I discover I’ve lost my wallet. But one of my friends kindly treats me a Chai Tea Latte - one of my favourite drinks. Yummy. I’m loving this!
I then remember. I was clever enough to keep some emergency cash in my case. My friend also kindly offers me a train ticket to get home.
I decide to go on a bike rideinstead of rushing home. We do lots of exercise, and enjoy a delicious greek salad in a local park. I’m having a great day.
A few days later, my new credit cards arrive by motorbike just as I’m leaving the house for another trip. Literally as I’m outside my house.
And it turns out my travel insurance covered my phone, so I manage to get a brand new phone almost for free due to my accident! They say they don’t even need any evidence as they trust me. Wow! I’ve ended up making a profit out of the whole little accident!
It’s amazing how well things can turn out sometimes.
How lucky am I?
Happiness. Love. Luck. These as simple words, but they can be so elusive for many of us.
Perhaps they are not absolutes, but just interpretations in your head.
Maybe you’re already happy and peaceful, if you see things that way?
Maybe you’re already in love...with a person, with yourself, with life...if you see it that way?
Maybe you’re already one of the luckiest people in the world. Living in the 21st Century with enough time to not only find this blog, but to have time to read and smile as you do so.
Maybe you’re already good enough and already have enough right now?
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