Admit it, we’ve all been there.
Coffee spills on your blouse before your 9am meeting, the dog’s muddy footprints soiled your newly-mopped floor, that haircut didn’t turn out just quite right…
These are what I affectionately refer to as First World Problems.
Which I understand can be real problems, but not as real, as say….finding clean water.
I find the best way to turn that frown upside-down is to simply find some perspective. Because if the worst thing that happened to you today was that your requested 190° latte came back a cool 160°, you’re doing pretty well for yourself.
And yes, temperature requests were one of the more grating aspects of my Starbucks career.
But it’s true, so many of us are overworked and stressed, which inevitably makes us overtired and cranky. That’s why we overreact when we can’t find a close-enough parking space. As an aside, you would be shocked by the amount of angry Disney guests I encountered during my time working in the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot (part of the College Intern program), because they had to walk a several feet to get to the tram (which I both spoke on and operated) that would drive them to the Ticketing & Transportation center.
I mean, you’re going to be walking all day, right? So what’s wrong with getting the warmup now?
I know I’ve digressed, but while we’re here, I thought I’d share:
Yep. That’s me in my Disney glory.
Our lovely uniform also came in pants:
I was 18 and livin’ it up. Unfortunately I left the program early, walking away with with a wicked tan, 30 lb. lighter (running around in a parking lot is the best diet ever), and my name tag (as well as a name tag for a woman named “Sheila”).
But then 4 days after leaving FL I met my future husband at a chance sushi happy hour.
So perhaps it wasn’t so unfortunate after all.
What was I talking about?
It’s perspective that we need sometimes. That sometimes things happen for a reason, and sometimes things suck. But there’s always tomorrow, right?
So the next you’re feeling particularly annoyed at your coworker’s cheery demeanor, or miffed because your kids deleted The Bachelor on your TiVo, just remember that all-in-all, life is pretty good.