I am writing this blog post on my phone while sitting in a public library.
This is inconvenient to say the least, I am constantly hitting the wrong buttons and autocorrect is not helping either. If you ever tried to write a longer text on the tiny keyboard of your smartphone you know what I mean.
Now, why am I doing this?
Well, as i found out this morning the building I work in decided to close for three days without letting me know before. Which means that all my work material, including my laptop, is locked in there and I basically cannot get anything done for three days. Which sucks.
So, naturally, my first reaction was thinking “This sucks!” And also the thoughts of the next couple of minutes after that revolved around how sucky this situation is.
But after that I realised that this wasn’t gonna change anything. It doesn’t “unsuck” the situation. My laptop was still locked in and it would stay there regardless of what I thought of that.
So I decided to instead focus on what I did have an influence on: Making the best out of the situation.
Which in this case meant going to the library and writing a post on my phone.
It might not be as convenient, but it is also not the end of the world. And if we are being honest with ourselves, this is the case for most “bad situations” we find ourselves in: not great, but not the end of the world. And often it is not in our power to change the situation, so why dwell on it? The only thing we can control is what we make of the things that happen to us.
I once read how a door-to-door salesman handled rejection and disappointment. He said after a negative incident it is totally okey to feel bad- for five minutes. Then you are done and move on. The important part is to not dwell on it.
So with that being said, let go of everything that is outside your control and instead focus all your energy on what you do control!