Have you ever been in a cycle where nothing seems to go right? Well instead of focusing on what you don’t want, why not focus on the positives? I know, easier said than done, but take a look at what I’ve encountered over the last few days, and my attitude towards it, as well as the benefits, and tell me it isn’t worth changing your perspective right away!!
If you don’t know already through the news, this past Monday most of Toronto experienced a blackout. We also experienced MAJOR flooding in most areas. And yes, I was apart of all this.
Monday night I worked my “day job” as a server at a local restaurant patio and bar. At 6 pm we lost power. Since the surrounding area also lost power, most people weren’t interested in going home and preferred to spend their evening with us. Very nice, yet the working conditions were less than favourable.
I sucked it up and made the best of the situation. For the next 5 hours, I worked in the dark, lit candles for my tables and downloaded a free flashlight app for my mobile phone. Thank goodness the restaurant purchased these awesome mobile charging devices that worked on battery and were compatible for any mobile device imaginable!
I ended up having a great night, meeting superb people and making money at the same time. Not a bad mix at all, I’d say!
At the same time, I was concerned about my home since I live in a basement apartment. I couldn’t really do much about it since I was at work so I waited till I got home. When I did, I walked through a half of a foot of mud and water to my front door. I opened the door to find my apartment full of mud and water. (See image, taken during day-time hours.)
Keep in mind, this was about midnight and I was scheduled the opening shift the next day. I fought with the worry during the working hours and at the end of my shift, at the point of exhaustion and when I arrived home, I fought my thoughts of self-pity. We are all human and we experience the same feelings!
While at work, I keep repeating in my head, “I’m a lucky girl, I’m a lucky girl.” When I got home, I realized right away that the damage could’ve been worse and while I sloshed through the muck and mud to my bedroom, I fought those feelings of self-pity and knew I’d deal with it all the next day.
I woke early, got my rubber gloves on and hung all my drenched mats out to dry. Then I went to work with a smiling face, knowing all would work out in the end. I contacted the landlord during my break and coordinated with him. When I got home after work, I took pictures of the damage and got to cleaning up the mess.
Even though I could’ve complained, I laughed about the situation. I got a great workout cleaning, and when the landlord came to see me, not only did he promise me new floors, he offered me a month’s free rent for all the inconvenience and cleaning I was doing!
So moral(s) of the story? While my co-workers complained about staying to work, I offered to close the restaurant and by doing so I not only won the heart of the manager, but those who wanted to stay and party. They said they’d be asking to sit in my section next time they come in so that helps make me an asset to the restaurant. Instead of sitting back and lamenting about the state of my home, I looked at the situation for what it was and got down and dirty to fix it based on what I could do. By doing so, I was rewarded with a new floor and a month’s free rent in the end!
Has there ever been a time where you deliberately stopped worrying or having negative thoughts about something you couldn’t change and just focused on the positive side and the NOW? How did it turn out?