The day has a plan with every hour scheduled. You were proud of yourself for a moment. Everything fits into a specific time slot. Then puff, one unannounced event superseded everything. That’s life sometimes.
You are a young parent ready to walk out the door. Junior has a messy diaper, and the smell is overpowering. You know, the kind. The diaper couldn’t hold the load. The diaper is full, the clothes soiled, even the socks. A total change is in order.
All is well; you’ll be only a few minutes late. Once in the car, there’s this red light on the dashboard. The image of a gas pump is staring. Where’s the nearest gas station? An alternate route provides the nearest gas station. It’s another couple of minutes delay. After refueling, you’re on your way.
Soon traffic is at a standstill. Instead of sitting, you decide on another route. Now every stop light is red. This alternate road results in a 10-minute delay. You can feel the attitude change. The neck is red; the ears join in the color change. Calm down, you say to yourself. Just calm down. Everything will be all right.
You arrive at your destination. Emotionally drained. A glance in the mirror says it all. How can I enjoy myself? The last half hour has drained every ounce of anticipated joy from your heart.
Take a deep breath. And then another, talking to yourself helps. I’ll go in and put on a big smile and look happy while being a big hypocrite. That’s what most people do in this type of situation. Once inside and you relax, pleasant conversations improve your attitude. All is well.
Sometime during the evening, you realize all things work together for good, even dirty diapers and unexpected delays.