Appreciating The Inconveniences………..

Did you ever hear the story about the man who was late to work one morning because he had a blister on his heel that was so bad, that he had to stop at a store to get a band-aid?  That blister not only made him late to work, but it saved his life.  His office was in the World Trade Center and he should’ve been in the towers that morning of September 11, but because of his blister, he was instead at a local pharmacy purchasing band-aids.

I tried explaining this to my 6-year-old last week when we were on our way to my sister’s house, which is by the way, a haven for all of us.  Arianna had waited a full week to see her cousins and was soooooo excited that we were finally in route that Sunday morning, until, I realized, that I forgot the cheese and crackers that I was supposed to bring.  We were already half way there before it hit me and I had to turn around to go back for it.

Frustrated and crying in the back seat that our normal 20 minute ride would now become a 40 minute ride, she lashed out on me for forgetting what I should’ve remembered to pack in the first place.  My response, and I have to stress that I am not a religious person, was that it was God’s way of saving us from an accident.  If I didn’t think that way, then I too would’ve been frustrated and crying right along with her.   I then shared the September 11th band-aid story with her.

That’s kind of always how I’ve thought though.  But why do we tend to assume the worst?  Why can’t we just believe that everything happens for a reason?  Why can’t the slow person you are stuck behind on a highway during rush hour  be your guardian angel saving you from a tragedy?   Instead of getting angry, why not acknowledge that if they weren’t in front of you, that you would be going faster than you should be and end up somewhere that you shouldn’t?

I believe that my sweater which snags on the screen door on my way out and holds me up an extra 5 seconds is what saves my life from the accident that JUST happened as I pass it on the highway on my way to work that day.

If only people could smile and thank the 80-year-old in front of them who’s driving too slow instead of honking and passing them with their middle finger up in the air while spewing out profanities.

If only they could have patience and empathy for the 16-year-old behind the cash register who is doing things wrong because it’s their first day instead of scoffing and scowling because they need to be somewhere else……..

Life is too short to be wasted on frustration and feeling inconvenienced.  So the next time you’re in route somewhere, and  realize you forgot that special something at home…….turn around and be thankful for the inconvenience.  You just never know when it may save your life.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. skybambi
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 04:06:16

    What a lovely post! Such a wonderful way of looking at life. I wish my father shared your sentiments.


  2. johnnathanielfernando
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 04:17:31

    i like the way you think and the 9/11 story was definitely intriguing. if everyone thought the same way you did im sure this would be a better world. i guess i’ll start adopting your way of thinking. thanks a lot!


    • Angela
      Oct 09, 2011 @ 10:53:32

      Thank you. There are a lot more stories from 9/11 that are similar……..amazing amazing amazing how stuff like that happens. We just need to be in a place of contentment more and frustration less. Everyone can make a difference and it all starts with us ; )


  3. Kate
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 13:21:53

    Love this Angela! Sharing via Twitter.


  4. Angela
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 13:46:02

    Thanks Kate ; )


  5. A Place for Writers
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 01:24:30

    You sound like a truly awesome person to have as a friend!
    ‘Stop and smell the roses!’


  6. Ali Southworth
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 02:03:48

    What a fabulous story. I really appreciate your outlook and will try to remember that, next time someone annoys me or when something happens that I feel could have been avoided. I do believe that everything happens for a reason. Thanks for the reminder!


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