Thursday, September 14, 2006

When IT Rains..

It has been literally raining incessantly here in Harrisburg and Atlanta.. but then my post is not about that..

Yesterday (9/13) was one of those days where small things kept going wrong continuously.. and it happened when I had a long day with short leeway..

The vagaries of yesterday reminded me of this குறள், though not directly applicable..
பீலிபெய் சாகாடும் அச்சிறும் அப்பண்டஞ்
சால மிகுத்துப் பெயின் (475)
Even the gentle peacock's plume
Cart's axle breaks by gross volume. (475)
Many things went wrong leaving me tired and exasperated..
  1. My flights got delayed repeatedly in Kansas City & Atlanta due to 'weather' conditions at destination.
  2. Got stuck in the beautiful Atlanta freeways for couple of hour due to 'rain related' accidents
  3. Couldn't pickup my rental car due to late arrival in to Harrisburg (0200 AM in the morning)
  4. Lost my mobile phone in the Taxi
  5. Thrown out of my room in Harrisburg due to fire alarm in the middle of the night (0400 AM)
  6. Locked myself out of the room due to 'fire alarm' panic which took extra 30 minutes to get back.
So when I finally hit the sack, I was wondering what else was going to fall apart..

But guess what, several things went wonderfully right and it just that I wasn't seeing them as stress and grumpiness where building up making small things look BIG..
  1. Yes, I did get stuck in the Atlanta freeways but wasn't part of those freak accidents and those could happen to anyone anytime.
  2. Yes, I couldn't pickup the rental car in Harrisburg, but I wasn't really fit to drive anyway and would have made 'more' mistakes.
  3. Yes, I lost my mobile phone in the Taxi, but the Taxi driver went out of his way to find me and return it to me, which really made my day and prompted me to do this post....
So, in all its all 'small stuff' and what really mattered was the way I looked at them. I better start putting in to practice what I learnt from Richard Carlson who says.. Don't Sweat the Small stuff and its all small stuff. Having said that, I also realize that its not one shot deal and have to keep it to change myself..

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