My neighbors were noisy early this morning. I awoke suddenly in the dark and reached for the clock. 5:04am. I could hear the muted thump of a stereo system and feel the bed shake nearly continuously. (and when I discover which of the 20+ flats it was coming from, I will talk to them during the day, when everyone is calm.)
Needless to say, that was the unplanned early end of my night.
Being up early is unusual for me. You see, like many people reading this blog, I earn Roll-Over Money. I’m a night owl by inclination, which means I would rather stay up late than get an early start on the day.
So being jerked awake earlier than planned can put me in a foul mood.
To turn around a state of mind that was quickly sliding toward seething anger, I literally asked myself, “How can I take advantage of being up early?”
Two answers popped into my mind: submit the product orders that I had planned to do today, and post a photo/Facebook Live if the sunrise ends up looking spectacular.
I submitted the product orders…and it was still “yesterday” at the company headquarters, due to the difference in time zones. Who says time travel isn’t possible?
And the sunrise was spectacular. Hence a photo of the vivid orange and yellow painted sky, which my social media followers have been enjoying for more than 5 hours.
Here’s my question for you: When things go awry, how can you turn it around?
After all, Ma Ingalls has a philosophy in the “Little House on the Prairie” books: There is no loss without some gain.
Today I’m glad I was able to think on the bright side, like the pioneers in those books.
(or, if you prefer music over prose, Monty Python has a song along those lines. You’re welcome for the “ear worm.”)
–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™
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