This past weekend my lifelong friend Emily and her boyfriend, Matt, came to visit. It was fabulous being able to spend time with them-we always have so much fun together. Saturday we went out for a nice breakfast from a restaurant that grows their own produce-which I love-and then took them on a tour of the sites.
As we were on our way home, we were rear-ended. The person who hit us failed to see that we we were stopping. She nailed us, she didn’t even brake. Thank our lucky stars no one was seriously injured. We were hit hard and there is quite a lot of damage to the car. We’re all pretty sore, but lucky. (Now, this is the second, yes second, time I had been rear-ended this year. The first time I was rear-ended, on Thanksgiving day, by a cop who had fallen asleep at the wheel. Luckily all parties involved were ok, but my car was totaled.) So now we have to go through all the hoopla, yet again, that is involved with car insurance claims. Ugh!
In true fashion, Em and her main squeeze were so positive about it. We were not gonna let this bump in the road put a damper on our weekend together! So we headed home and got ready for the cookout that we were planning with our Philly friends. The rest of the weekend we had a running joke about all the positive things about the car wreck…”Hey Matt, Positive Point #73, at least you didn’t get your Starbucks before the crash, you would have wasted a perfectly good cup of coffee.” “Positive point #103, at least our groceries and fresh pineapple weren’t damaged”. This went on the entire weekend. And I loved it.
Because here’s the thing. Cars can be replaced; The people I love cannot. Sure, I could have been bummed the rest of the day. I could have complained on-and-on about it. Or I could have done what I did. And find all the positives things about the situation, realize that I couldn’t have changed what had happened, and be happy that in the grand scheme of things everything is ok.
There is power in positivity. It can completely turn around your day, weekend, and even your entire outlook on life. Think happy thoughts, friends.
How have you overcome a negative situation?
Do you practice positive thinking and reflection?
How was your weekend? (Hoping it was a safe one!)