Last week our fridge died. It was a 5 year old fridge, and died once already two years after we bought it. The last time it died, we bought a simple garage fridge to get us through because it would be more than a week before a repairman could look at it. And then another couple weeks for the part to come!
He replaced the part, but warned us that we may have the same experience over again. So when it died again, I wasn’t surprised. I called around and found out that repair people won’t even fix this brand anymore because the parts are terrible and break over and over again.
So we decided to buy a new fridge. It was costly. We had to wait another week for it to be delivered.
They set up the delivery time as this morning between 8-12. Then they texted me and told me there was some scheduling issues and it would be 2-5 instead.
Why am I telling you this story? Because just a few short years ago, this whole situation might have sent me into frustrating tailspin.
I would have been upset that the fridge died AGAIN.
I would have been upset that they refused to repair it.
I would have been upset that I had to buy a new one so soon.
I would have been upset that I had to wait a week for the new one to come.
I would have been upset that they changed the time on me for delivery at the last minute.
So MUCH UPSET. All of it optional. That’s what I want you to know.
Now I know that there are facts, and then there is drama. The fact was that my fridge wasn’t working. I decided more intentionally what I was going to make that mean, what I was going to feel about that, and how I was going to deal with it.
This is the power of mind management. You have so much more power than you realize over how you FEEL! When you find yourself upset, slow it all down.
What are the facts?
How are you feeling about it?
What are you thinking that is making you feel that way?
Are you adding the DRAMA?
Is UPSET required to get stuff taken care of?
How do you want to handle it?
What if you handled it like it’s no biggie?
What might that look like?
Just TRY ON the idea that there might be OTHER ways to think, feel and act when things go array. We have default patterns and even habitual emotions. But there are other options if you want them. Just try it.