FROM THE ARCHIVES
My life is filled with favor on a regular basis, but understand that I too have rough days. How I handle those days boils down to my attitude. Here are two perfect and recent examples. On our recent trip to Cabo, we checked in at the airport fairly early and was not anticipating long security lines. The process was fairly smooth but as we made our way around the bend, toward security, we could see the everlasting maze of lines from a distance. My husband asked, “which one should we choose?” I responded, “it doesn’t matter they all seem the same.” That’s what I said to him, but to myself I mumbled “no worries, it will go quickly and one day we’ll be escorted and bypass the lines.” We joined the line; there were about three people in front of us before getting past the first TSA agent. Once we got to her which could not have been more than two minutes, I heard someone say “hey Debra Foxx.” He was being silly with my name but all in good fun. He walked right up to the lady and said, “don’t worry I got them. Come with me.” We hugged said our hellos, chit chatted for a minute then he escorted us through the employee line and we bypassed the maze I mentioned earlier. I thanked him and was so appreciative. To him it was probably not a big deal and perhaps does it frequently. I see it as favor. He could have been on break or even had the day off and I would have had to wait like everyone else. As a result we got to our gate an hour early and even had time to grab a bite to eat.
When we checked in our seats were about ten rows apart on this completely sold out flight. The first check in point said there was very little chance we would get seats together but can ask again prior to boarding. Here I am going on a five hour trip, I would like to set next to my husband instead of a perfect stranger. Once we got to the gate we spoke to the agent and he said he would see what he could do. Minutes before boarding he told he was able to shift things around and was able to seat us together. He took our tickets and reprinted them with the new seats. Truly I wasn’t worried; I knew it would happen (wink wink). The power of positive thinking and having the right attitude.
I could have been frustrated by the long lines and torn by the distance between our seats, but instead I kept a good attitude, chanted positive thoughts and viola! When you’re kind and pleasant, people want to do things for you. I could write a book on the number of times this sort of thing happens to me. Hmmmm maybe I should It’s all about the ‘TUDE!!!
“What happens to you is not nearly as important as how you handle what happens to you.” ~ Barbara Tuchman (2-time Pulitzer Prize Winner)