I just need to vent quickly about the silly things that have been happening in my life lately. However, in the spirit of positivity and putting things in perspective, I'm going to try to come up with at least one good event for every poopy item on my list...
Bad #1: I lost some pictures in the move to my new computer, including the ones for the Mad About Plaid Challenge.
Good #1a: I have a new computer! It's faster, lighter, and not 5 years out of date. :)
Good #1b: I still have the jacket and the camera, so all is not last. Yay!
Bad #2: I spent a ton of time on phones this week with customer service representatives, two of which were really, really rude!
- In one instance, a website made a mistake in not applying a credit to a gift order. My options were to cancel or be overcharged, according to one lady. She then put me on hold for 13 minutes and hung up.
- In another instance, I was supposed to be refunded a partial amount for a workshop that was cancelled, but the lady interrogated me when I could not produce all of the confirmation numbers that she needed within 5 seconds. I had them soon after, but she already accused me of being a liar and wondered why I even cared about being refunded such a small amount. Ugh!
Good #2a: I eventually spoke with other people in the respective companies, who were so much nicer!
- The second customer representative fixed the problem after admitting the mistake. Also, I did not wait for the first lady to come back from putting me on hold, so I did not waste 13 minutes waiting for her on my home phone. I made a second call from my cell phone and had the problem fixed in less time than it took for Ms. Rude to hang up on me.
- I was not refunded, but I spoke with the manager in charge of Ms. Super-Rude and she admitted that the employee had an ongoing problem.
Good #2b: I could afford to not get refunds from these people at all, so I am lucky to not be hard-pressed financially. Perspective!
Bad #3: I have a TON of things on my plate right now. Work, furthering my career (which is work outside of work), and school are taking time away from the things I love. Less creative output has left me a bit sad. :(
Good #3a: It's good to be busy and I am lucky to be moving forward!
Good #3b: I literally scheduled in creative time for the next few months, and I am going to start taking a woodworking night classes. I am SOOO excited about that because it has been on my to do list for forever!
Bad #4: It's hard to get back into things, especially with so much less time, so yeah... it's been rough!
Good #4a: I still have my young fitness age, so that's going for me!
Good #4b: Also, I'm not any worse than before, and since starting up my food journal again, I realized that I REALLY need to have breakfast to have a good day, for my energy and eating habits. Lightbulb moment! So no more skipping breakfast, even if I have to worry about #3. :)
Good #5: Yes, I have a good without a bad! In all seriousness, a few months ago there was a lady at the gym who was having a rough time with some health issues and did not know what else to do. Despite her severely depressed mood around her menses, she felt the antidepressants prescribed from her PCP had not helped for the preceding few months and she was basically a zombie. Being in the medical field, I had strong suspicions of what was going on. I suggested that she seek a second opinion from a Ob/Gyn, especially since her PCP normally covered her annual visits. I saw her this week at the gym, and she was incredibly happy! She was completely taken off of the antidepressants and was back to herself with the correct medications. She could not stop thanking me, and I had that little happy glow when I do something good for someone else. :)
Thanks for listening to me vent!
Having to deal with computer issues, rude customer service agents, time commitments, and remembering to make healthy choices is actually not a bad deal. In fact, I came up with two things for every item that I listed, plus my bonus item at the end. :)
Now that is off of my chest, I feel great again and can't wait to re-photograph my coat, give the gift that I ordered from the website, have lots of opportunities waiting for me, and plan my healthy meals for tomorrow. That's every item checked off and fixed! Woo!
How do you put things into perspective? I can always use extra tips!