Just like every other day, today had the potential to be great and well, it still ended up being pretty great, but not without a couple of setbacks that had I let them, would have ruined my day.
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But now back to our story. My husband and I were in Denver all weekend for a work trip. It was fantastic! They put us up in a fancy hotel, gave us 2 meals a day, a couple events and cold hard cash for spending. Let's just say I was full to the brim with gratitude by the time Sunday morning rolled around.
We are making our way to the first possible setback. We had our breakfast spot narrowed down to two places. With the assistance of the concierge and remembering my sister's favorite breakfast haunt, we landed on our top choice. We knew this was a popular location in Denver and she warned us there would be a wait. We had actually attempted to go to this place last time we were in Denver and gave up on the wait. So after walking three blocks in the wrong direction we made it there.
Universe Test 1
We stood in line for about five minutes just to get onto the wait list. The couple in front of us basically ran out of the restaurant when they heard the wait was one hour and fifteen minutes! We however were coming off of a dream weekend and had time to kill before our flight, so we said, "Thank you," and went to wait at Union Station while we ate "pre-breakfast" consisting of coffee and donuts.
I can hear you asking, what is pre-breakfast. Well my friends, in a world where brunch has bumped breakfast to the back burner and we are now eating breakfast at lunch time, and waiting in line to get into our favorite brunch places, it is necessary to get some calories in just so you can literally survive the wait. So, the answer to your question, pre-breakfast is a smaller version of breakfast that you have before you wait for your spectacular brunch.
Just imagine, had we not had to wait to eat we may have never invented pre-breakfast! The world is now a better place because of our wait. When we finally got to eat, it was just as delicious as everybody said it was going to be.
Universe Test 2
We continued on with our day. Did some exploring in Denver, and eventually made our way to the airport. Everything was going smoothly. We wandered to our gate just about what should have been boarding time. Then they made the announcement every air traveler is terrified of... "Ladies and Gentlemen United flight blah blah blah to blah blah blah has been delayed." Having been in this situation before I quickly recognized the mumbling and grumbling that quickly followed this announcement and knew it was time to escape the negative zone.
It wasn't the end of the world though. Although after a weekend away from home all I could really think about was my cozy bed, pajamas, and sleep; I knew the world would continue to spin and I was happy we had food, drink and room to wander and best of all, I was not alone. I had my husband with me. This is an important note on how I survived my third test. #foreshadowing
Universe Test 3
We decided to take a stroll in search of bagels and cream cheese. I am so accustomed to flying in the wee hours of the morning, bagels have become one of my favorite airport foods.
We got on the first moving walk way (There were quite a few moving walkways as there are over 90 gates in terminal B!). Off the moving walkway and onto the next...then I noticed a gate that had two jet bridges for it. We were trying to figure out where the bag plane that called for two jet bridges was going to. Suddenly somebody shouted, "Watch out!" Next thing I knew I was on the ground.
I literally fell off of a moving walkway! Now who can say they did that?
It was the strangest thing. it was as if my feet literally just stopped moving, but the top half of my body kept moving forward. My husband rushed to my side as he was also distracted and not paying attention to the end of the moving walkway.
We gathered our stuff and my composure. We laughed and we kept moving. The more time passed the funnier it seemed, but man that was embarrassing!
We will never make fun of the recordings at the Atlanta and Minneapolis airports again, "Caution! Caution! The moving walkway is about to end... Caution! Caution!..."
I could have cried. I could have been made. I could have been cripplingly embarrassed. But I wasn't. I just moved on with my day. I laughed about it a little with my husband. i assessed my body to see if I was hurt. I imagine I might be a little sore tomorrow as I have slowly realized over the years how much slower my body recovers from anything I throw at it, whether it's alcohol, workouts, greasy food or a fall. Otherwise, though my wrists seemed a little sore and that was surprisingly it.
So there you have it. I don't want this to come off as complaining. I am still in a good mood. I had time to eat. I am on the plane on my way home and less than 2 hours from bed. I am still reminiscing about my fabulous weekend.
What I want you to take away, if nothing else, don't let one set back actually set you back. Simply go with the flow. Going with the flow is a lot easier if you can focus on what you are grateful for and not at what you are perceiving to be a negative experience.
It is a lot easier to go with the flow if you are constantly practicing gratitude as it will soon become second nature and your natural reaction to what others might see as negative events.
"Without my rough day, pre-breakfast never would have been invented." - Kate Sierra
On that note let me give you my gratitudes for the day and feel free to let me know yours in the comments below.
- On my way home!
- A fabulous, nearly free, work weekend
- A lot of free fabulous smelling Loccitane bath products from the hotel
- A lovely partner in crim