"It’s never crowded along the extra mile”. Author Unknown.
I received this link in a fortune cookie the other night, and I can’t think of a better way to begin my post about Positivity Month, with this thought in mind.
Whether you’re hoping to bring joy to someone experiencing sorrow, or a smile to a person who is angry, how else do you go about achieving your goal, but to walk the extra mile?
Case in point and extremely personal: My best friend’s birthday is today, and I forgot. Our move has scrambled what’s left of my brain, but still no excuse. So, when I did remember, I called her up this morning and invited her out to her favorite restaurant for tonight. Her kids are away at a bachelor party in Vegas (3 boys), and only one other friend stepped up to the plate, regarding my bestie’s evening.
What I did wrong, besides forgetting: Got a tad offended because she didn’t readily agree to join me for dinner. I apologized for being a nasty old bitch, and then received a text saying she was way down in the dumps and didn’t want to do anything at all.
I should have run the extra mile for her, not walked. So I’ve come to this conclusion: Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to say to someone who’s suffering with their own demons, but I do think, it’s best to leave that person alone for a while to reboot. Then perhaps touch base later and ask, “How are you NOW?”
What I did right: Attitudes are fickle whether they’re nice ones or troubled. My bestie’s problems were all too familiar to me. She’s single, looking for love, and hasn’t found the right guy yet. She wants to play tonight for her birthday, with her other single friend, and I don’t blame her for wanting to frolic.
Thank God she had time to reboot and rethink her options. I just want her to be happy with her choices.
What I’ve learned: Leave your own emotions out of the equation – only then will you be traveling the extra mile, the one where Positivity reigns.
Wishing you all a positively, wonderful June. See you next time!