Last week, my family and I experienced a monumental disappointment.
The spring break trip (Las Vegas and Cirque de Soleil, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, Tucson and the Sonoran Desert Museum) that we’d been planning for months had to be cancelled at the very last minute.
Fewer than 48 hours before we were scheduled to get on the plane, our passports went missing. (Go now, check to see that yours are where you think they are; I’ll wait).
Not in their usual ‘safe keeping’ spot. Not in our home office. Not in the car, the luggage, the bedroom, the freezer (amazing how frequently things gets misplaced in the freezer…), or any of my many purses or gym bags.
Nowhere to be found and nothing to be done about it in the time available. (Why do these things always happen on Saturday evenings?)
Yes, we could have applied for emergency passports and rebooked flights and hotels.
But at considerable cost and additional stress as we awaited the delivery of new documents; would they arrive in time? what if they don’t and we have to cancel anyways? how much more will it cost us? do the children need another two days of anxiety and uncertainty?
Rather than wallow in pity and self-blame, we (well, actually I; my husband is still ruminating…) chose to re-frame and move forward, quickly booking a 3-day local get-away so we had something else to focus on and telling ourselves that all of our travel research was not for naught; next winter’s holiday is already planned and ready to be booked when the seat sales start in November!
We enjoyed a wonderful ‘stay-cation’ (although, for the record, two weeks is really too long for spring break) and showed our children that lessening the psychological impact of disappointment is possible given a ‘can-do’ attitude and some quick thinking.
What does all of this have to do with fitness and healthy living? Good question!
Perhaps you’ve experienced a disappointment somewhere along the road to your health and fitness goals.
I know that I’ve had my fair share 😉
- An injury that kept you out of the gym or forced you to drop out of a race?
- A fridge full of chocolate cake that derailed your sugar detox?
- A friend or spouse who failed to support you in your quest to improve yourself?
- Arriving at the gym to find your favourite spinning class full?
As in life, the road to health and wellness is paved with disappointments. You can let them hinder your progress or you can use them to fuel your determination to keep moving forward. You can choose pessimism over optimism. It’s up to you.
We all have to deal with disappointments. What’s your strategy?
Tell me about a recent disappointment that you’ve experienced and how you dealt with it (always happy to have more tools in my tool box!)