Imagine that today, you woke up ready to go to work. Try as you may, the car would not start and you are 1 hour late to work.
Imagine that you receive a phone call that the big promotion, the one that would have you move to the big city and away from your home town, has fallen through.
Imagine that you find yourself in the middle of a traffic jam lasting 45 minutes on your way home after work.
Consider that today, on your route to work, was a terrible accident that you missed.
Consider that in a week, one of your parents will be diagnosed with a terminal illness and given 6 months to live.
Consider that the cause of the traffic jam was a funeral, attended by hundreds, of a police officer that died in the line of duty.
There are two sides to every coin; the one we see and the one we don’t. And that is ok because we weren’t meant to see both sides. Terrible things happen to us and the people around us. It is the old, “Is the glass half empty or half full” problem. How you see life is not only vital to your happiness but the happiness to those around you.
The next time you find yourself in a traffic jam, receiving bad news, losing a job, etc, understand that the situations we find ourselves in, no matter how dire, are neither good nor bad. They only have value when and how we give them value. They may hurt in the beginning and hurt a lot, but how much better off could we be if only we could see the other side of the coin.