Thank Goodness Things Didn’t Go the Way I Wanted – Accepting the Way Things Turn Out

 In Focusing on the positive, Negative emotions

We had rented a cabin on a lake for our vacation, but when we got there, we found out that the shoreline by us was full of weeds and stumps. No swimming or fishing from shore here! 

So we decided to rent a pontoon. The next day was so supposed to be warm and sunny – a perfect day to cruise the lake and jump off the boat. 

We called every resort and rental place within 30 miles. Nothing was available!! I was frustrated! We wanted to enjoy some time on the water but it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen. Thank goodness it didn’t . . .

Even though the weather channel predicted a beautiful day, the next day turned out to be stormy with rain. Yikes! I was thankful we weren’t out on the lake and hadn’t spent the money to rent a pontoon. Instead, it turned into a day to play games and watch a movie inside. 

It’s natural to feel upset when things don’t go the way we want. But sometimes we find out later that it was a good thing, like with our boat rental. What if a situation didn’t work out the way we wanted, but we never knew it was for the better? 

What if it we avoided an accident because we forgot our phone and had to turn around?

What if it we ended up with a better job because we didn’t get hired for the one we thought we wanted?

What if we told ourselves a different story and accepted the way things turned out? When I put this into practice, I find my negative feelings quickly subside, and I don’t dwell on my frustration. I may never know for sure if things happened for the better, but if I can at least consider the possibility, it totally changes my mood. Give it a try! 

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