Last week was stressful and full of highs and lows. The lows got real low, like -- tears in a Safeway parking lot -- low. The highs were what should have been emotional because I earned them. Instead, I obsessed over things out of my control like a gravel truck interrupting my moment of 'positivity' on the parkway when it let some loose gravel fly. To be fair, at the time, I was telling myself how something wasn't a big deal and to suck it up because people have it worse and that is exactly when the gravel smacked my windshield. As you can imagine, my positive vibe went straight out the window and I morphed into a crazed person snapping photos of the gravel truck while repeating over and over, 'I can't believe that just happened?!'. Thankfully, the truck company was understanding and put a new windshield in before I even had time to recount the horror of what had happened to all my near and dear.
I like this quote from Tim Ferriss because it says what none of us want to believe: nobody is out to get you and nobody is going hand you a golden ticket either. We like to believe in fate when it brings good things our way, but when it delivers bad news and gravel trucks, fate has no business being a part of our day. What I'll take away from last week [besides the embarrassment of crying in my car while shoppers strolled by] is that we're all in charge of lining up the pins. The good things that came my way were because I'd spent hours working on them; giving them my attention and time when I would have rather been doing other things. Maybe the universe saw my hard work and helped nudge things in the right direction, but I doubt it. It all boils down to this: bad things will be over before you know it and good things take time -- literally.