Sometimes life hands you lessons on a silver platter, or in my case, sometimes life hands you lessons in a snow-filled, slushy gutter. I spent the weekend in Denver hoping to explore the downtown area, spend a little quality time with my sweetie, and of course find amazing food to eat and photograph.
But sometimes things don’t work out exactly the way you planned.
Denver was hit by a massive snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the downtown area. The snow began the evening we arrived in town and ended about 3 hours before we left for the airport to return home.
The funny thing is, I was in need of a little reminder about being in control. Sometimes, you don’t get to be. Sometimes it snows all weekend and your hopes of exploring on foot and jogging in the park are dashed. Sometimes you just have to eat at the diner across the street. Sometimes you just have to let go of the things you can’t control and focus on the things you can. Sometimes you have to make the best of what you’ve got.
Yes, I like being in control. I like to make plans and see them through. I like when things go my way. Who doesn’t, really? But it’s important to be able to roll with the punches, too. And after a difficult week at work and several blows to my ego that left me feeling powerless and small, the Denver snowstorm was just the kick in the pants I needed.
We rolled with it in Denver. I abandoned my plans to hit (supposedly) one of the best brunch spots downtown for the greasy spoon a stone’s throw from the hotel. Dinner Friday night was at a chain restaurant on the 16th Street Mall where we could take the free trolley. Our tour of the Denver Mint was cancelled, so we ventured out to the Denver Art Museum and basically had the place to ourselves. We got totally soaked by foot-deep slush in the roads on the way back. And we had a great time. We spent time together and we laughed, even if it wasn’t exactly what we had planned.
And I was reminded that I wasn’t powerless; I just need to control what I can and let go of the rest. I will always be able to control my attitude — rain, shine, sleet or snow. I will always be able to set measurable goals and strive for them. I will always be able to control how hard I work. I can always choose to be flexible. I can always choose to make the most of every situation.
So thanks, Universe. for the little lesson this weekend. I needed it and I’m back on track! Maybe next time, though, could my lessons be learned on a warm. sandy beach somewhere??