You can plan all you want but you cannot ensure control. I awoke at 3:00 am and prepared to return home to Canada. I arrived in plenty of time and had a lovely flight to Zurich. I was looking forward to having a day at home, catching up on things prior to returning to work on Wednesday. Instead I find myself in a hotel room near the airport in Zurich after a day of standing in lines to get here.
God willing, I shall arrive home tomorrow evening and get somewhat organized before heading to work on Wednesday. I took a bit of a nap today and then a walk with my camera. I replayed certain events of the day. A woman raised her voice at the man at the Air Canada counter, trying to shame him. He simply kept his cool and responded with, do you know what time it is in Canada right now? He had no control over the situation. By the time I finally got my suitcase, new boarding pass, and vouchers for food and the hotel, I had encountered many people, each dealing with the unexpected change in various days. Several of us kept each other entertained and updated on events. Even when things are out of control, you can control your reaction.
I had my own moment of not being so patient when I was told that I could not check in to the room for three hours. My face fell but I followed up with a smile and an apology. In fact, I was able to check in early which was great and then took a nap. I am now off to bed, after watching the BBC News. Really, a night or two of little sleep is nothing compared to what some face this night. In Palestine, Liberia and Missouri, havoc rules. Here I have simply lighted on a different leaf for a short time with not too much harm done at all.
Yes…sometimes the good old perception check goes a long way…or as I like to call it – a self-inflicted kick in the butt! Good for you! Make the best of it!
Thanks, Lauralee. I’m sitting in the TO airport catching up on email so I will have one less thing to do when I get home.