It has been a long week and it is only Tuesday morning. After spending a near sleepless week on newspaper production and meatloaf production I came home yesterday hoping to get some sleep. However upon arriving home I found my friend and roommate in need of help moving out, not an unexpected development. So we loaded the car and went to find food and drop off the load of tables and bookcase we had thrown in the back of his truck.
Everything went smoothly until we had the truck unloaded and we were on the way home, or more importantly to me, I was on the way to bed. Then the truck ran out of gas. We were about a quarter of a mile from my friend's new place and there was a gas can there so we began the trek back to recover it. A quick text to my boyfriend so he would not worry turned into him coming and driving us to the gas station. Then when we added the gas to the truck it still would not start. Again my boyfriend came to the rescue by calling Triple A. They however did not come to the rescue. We waited an hour and then we left the truck there, dropped my friend off at his new place and then we went to the meeting that I had made my boyfriend late for. I finally made it home a bit before 10 p.m.
What is important for the discussion we have here is this. My friend could have grumbled and blamed the situation. I could have cursed and cussed. My boyfriend could have been impatient and angry about being called out to help. None of this happened. Because we kept focused on solutions rather then what was happening it never turned into a bad time. Instead it was an unplanned time to hang out. We joked, shared stories and two people I care about had a chance to get to know each other a bit better.
Situations will happen we cannot control but we can control our attitude about them.