Recently I got stuck.
I had a bunch of travel I had to do and it’s winter (don’tcha know) and between bad weather and mechanical difficulties I was stuck repeatedly in airport terminals for hours on end with delayed or cancelled flights.
And I couldn’t get Internet access.
I felt frustrated, impatient, and unproductive.
It made me think of travel we’ve done as a family in third world countries where it seems that anything that can go wrong will, and schedules are pretty much a pipe dream (where did that expression come from?).
What it’s taught us is perspective. That, and it has prompted us to come up with two refrains when things get uncomfortable and we feel oh so out of control.
1. “It’s better this way…” We try to say this and then use our imagination to brainstorm what possible benefits we might enjoy because of the delay or change of plans. Attitude is everything!
“The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” Chuck Swindoll
2. “First world problems.” This is a reminder to ourselves that we’re in the tiny minority of people who have the luxury of complaining about… Internet access, for instance. The inconvenience we may be experiencing is no big deal in the grand scheme of things. We don’t live with the very real challenges that most of the world deals with – like carrying water for ten miles every day.
For you it might not be travel, but other inconveniences or plans that are derailed.
What are some strategies you’ve come up with to help your family with their attitude?
By Laura Crosby
Wife to John, Mom of 2
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member, Pastor, and Blogger