“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” Wayne Dyer
Disappointment, frustration, helplessness, incapable, blind!! These are the words and thoughts that were going through my head as I discovered that I would not be able to participate in the San Diego International triathlon this coming weekend. It has been planned for many weeks, and all I could think of was the excitement from competing that I was going to miss and the friends I would not get to see.
All was lost, lost because I was blind and incapable of getting there and managing it by myself. It is a rare weekend that I can not arrange the help that I need. The weekend would never be the same. What was I going to do with myself now? These thoughts and emotions were speeding through my brain and negatively affecting the way I was looking at my situation.
My friends, have you ever been disappointed or frustrated by a change in your schedule or a canceling of a much-anticipated opportunity or event? Have you ever been stuck or had trouble looking beyond that loss to what “greater” opportunities might be waiting for you?
I believe this is something we all face. It is often the way we are looking at something that brings on the feelings of disappointment and frustration.
As I thought more about the reality of the weekend, I started to think and plan how I could make it just as good, or even better than if I had gone to San Diego. It was no longer the missed triathlon I was focusing on, but instead my thoughts had shifted to the opportunity of doing something else and new, maybe even better.
One thing I know I will focus on doing is taking the opportunity to be grateful for all that I have been given aside from my disabilities. The list is actually quite large.
Wayne Dyer is correct when he says that if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change, and I am going to choose to have a good weekend, no matter what it brings.
My friends, I hope you are also blessed with a wonderful weekend, and always remember that the best is yet to come!