There is nothing like a rushed trip…
There is nothing like a rushed trip to give you pause for those things you take for granted in life. Your bed, comfort zone, and even your own vehicle. A planned trip gives you time to look ahead to these issues and lets you slip into a new zone better prepared. An unplanned trip leaves you scrambling like Russell Wilson when the offensive line collapse under the threat of a defensive line bent on wrecking your plans.
This present trip is the same way!
We would not have planned on being in a hot, muggy zone at the beginning of Summer. Just saying. Nor, would we have enjoyed scrambling for familiar hotel’s at a time when you want the right kind of bed, and the right kind of A/C. Or, looking for a car that handles a big frame and long legs! No way would you choose to fly in a way that is quasi comfortable but on a packed flight with kids flying solo to see grandma!
Along these uncomfortable times you struggle with finding comfort. Normalcy. You tend to let your feelings and emotions run rampant. It is easier to slip into negativity and critique everything not “just so”…
Here’s a thought. Those words you want to use to battle your discomfort has a way of trouncing the hearers day. Yes. Their job may be customer service, but they could easily have a similar bad day and make your experience even worse!
Over the past two days I have found myself analyzing every “wrong” thing about our situation. Crowds. Noises. Dirty air vents. Creepy corners. Every little ding, scratch and dent.
After a while you could simply add your voice to your thoughts and start pointing out all the wrong…and missing the right.
What’s right? Even though I am an introvert and love my alone time, I have looked to the people around me as the smartly tied bow on the present of this trip. Listen. Speak. Add to the conversation, even when you are Seahawks and the others are Pittsburgh and Dallas! Even when someone is stressing over money to pay for college and you have an option for them to consider online schooling.
While booking this trip, every online experience required calling a customer service person to polish off the event. Wrong room prices, websites not working, cars not available, even published phone numbers not working.
If it could go wrong, it did!
But every person I spoke with thanked me for being so kind and understanding. I believe that when you own your words, and control how you use them, then good things just naturally occur.
Consider the words of David for a moment…
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalms 19:14 NKJV)
Before you speak your words to others, consider if they are acceptable in God’s sight? After all. He’s your strength. Your Redeemer. And His words are as silver, tried in a furnace seven times to make them extra pure! (Psalms 12:6)
It’s just a thought, but James expresses a feeling I have about situations I get caught up in…
Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. (James 3:10 NKJV)
In every position of life I would hope that we own our words, or they will own us in a very wrong way.
One last thought… Your words are your best friends, or they could be used against you. Jesus found himself in this spot, and though unafraid to speak up, he shows us there are simply times to be silent.
And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him. (Luke 11:53-54 NKJV)
Jesus did not hold his peace, but rather, his words gave them no ammunition to use against him. Maybe this is a crucial thing to remember about our own words…
Every time I spoke to a Customer Service person for this trip, I was kind and gentle with my words and speech – and they were more than helpful in polishing out the rough edges of my experience.
Own your words….