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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

An Attitude of Gratitude...

Okay, so did you ever plan something, anything really, and you have a lot of high expectations for it?  And then, when it actually happens, it falls really, really, really, REALLY short of what you imagined.  Yeah, that was my vacation.

I could give you all the gory details, but I'll spare you.  Let's just say there was sickness, freezing temperatures, a system failure, rain and marathoners.  Put all that in your Disney vacation and we'll just say that it was less than magical.

My son and I took this trip together and we were very excited about it.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, it wasn't the dream trip we had hoped for.  We spent a lot of time being angry and complaining and at times, just plain miserable.  By the time we got back home, we were both saying "Never again".

But here's the thing:  We got to go on vacation.  Together.  We got to spend time away.  Together.  We had the chance to sit and talk when normally life is just too hectic to allow us to do that.  Not everyone gets to get away.  Not everyone gets the opportunity to sit and talk with their child uninterrupted and hear about what's going on in their lives.  I wish that we had looked at what we had and saw the blessing rather than the disappointments.

Sometimes things are out of our control - and that's a hard pill to swallow when you are someone who likes to be in control.  Can't control the weather, can't control the crowds, can't control when you're going to get sick.  But what you can control is how you react to all those negative things. 

Lesson learned. 
I just wish I had learned it while it was actually going on instead of at the end of the trip when I was driving home from the airport.  I have a great son and it's pretty damn awesome that he wanted to spend time with me.  As a parent, what could be better than that?

1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate. Too often we realize what blessings we have a little too late. Vacations are not always easy. LOL.