Let’s face it, when in the middle of the challenging situation, being level-headed and letting things unfold without judgment and fear of not getting our fair share is tough. Last night my flight was cancelled which added 2 hours to my commute. The part that irked me—it wasn’t the mechanical issue, but according to my calculations a revenue (or lack thereof) issue. This was confirmed to me today when the return flight was cancelled as well.
Now who am I to say there wasn’t a mechanical issue? My ability to ascertain the lack of butts in the seats on the flights re-booked? Perhaps. The boarding number assigned to me on the new flight? Maybe. My over-sized ego that thinks he has it all figured out? More than likely. LOL.
So here’s the deal. Last night I could have focused on the inconvenience, the fact that I wouldn’t arrive to my hotel until after midnight and be waking to an alarm at 6:00 am for a very important meeting. But rather, I chose to enjoy watching the U.S. Open live action on my laptop and getting caught up on some downtime. It was a much better way to spend those 2 hours, let me tell you. Plus, it gave a friend of mine an opportunity to help me out with a better boarding assignment and get caught up (friends in the airline biz are such a gift!!).
And in the end, I know things worked out just as they were intended to. My meeting went very well, and I wasn’t as self-conscious as I might have been had I had the planned 8 hours of sleep the night before. Being in acceptance was the key to allowing things to unfold as they were meant to be. And I didn’t have to expend a bunch of energy needlessly on something I had absolutely no control over. What a change from 7 years ago!!
Today I will be grateful for the plans that don’t go according to schedule!