I don’t know about you, but when I’m getting ready to leave home for a while, a lot of things seem like they will be impossible to do before I head out the door. This past week has been a true example of that as I tried to catch up on all the laundry, made sure the kids’ schedule was handled, sent reminders for doctors appointments, had school lunches ready for the week, made sure the animals were all fed, and so many other little things. The night before I was set to leave, I finally got to the point that I had done all I could do to make my trip possible and if I hadn’t done something, well, it will be there for me when I get home.
Every day we have what seems like impossible things to do or that happen. How is it possible that my car rental ended up cancelled and we sat in the airport for over 2 hours? Seems like an impossible scenario, but it happened. Despite my anger and frustration for the situation, I was able to keep it together and the impossible feat of finding a rental car became a possible feat of just getting an Uber.
As I sit down this morning gearing up for the most inspiring, energizing, educational, and busy week of my year, I took some time to reflect just on the impossible car fiasco yesterday. The entire situation brought me right back down to how impossible it is for me to do anything better because of my past. Long story short (for the sake of my sanity) I couldn’t rent a car because of my credit history. Now, if you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you will know that I have this strength called context at the very bottom of the 34 strengths that make up who I am. Bottom strengths drain every ounce of your desires out of you. So when my past came back to haunt me, I started to fall into the biggest negative self-talk speech in my head. I kept my outer presence calm and positive but inside I was beating myself up.
After multiple trips to the rental car counter, calls to both the travel agency and the car rental office, my reservation ended up cancelled and there were no cars available. And I was the one responsible for giving everyone a ride from the airport. Enter my drunk monkey to continue bashing on myself.
There were a lot of impossible thoughts in my head but we ended up with a better solution and had I not been surrounded by other women who have been working in their strengths and doing their own personal development work, I would have been a mess.
I am grateful for the friends that were with me who did not judge or think badly of me because I didn’t have my crap together. I am grateful that we decided to Uber ourselves from the airport because it gave one of us the opportunity to share essential oils with the driver and help another mom with her struggles in life. I am grateful that we all were together and that I wasn’t alone. And I am grateful for getting my refund and figuring out that there are other ways to get around, that they aren’t scary or expensive, and that I am able to still do all the things I want to do without worrying about my past.
I’m off to the first event of the week long adventure, the Unleash Your Strengths live event, and I can’t wait to see all the people that have embraced who they are and working to better themselves and the people around them. They are all making the impossible possible and I’m ready to keep doing the same.