This is good, again.
Like most other speaking engagements I found myself standing before 30 high school student-athletes sharing my favorite story. I share this story with every group I work with. Honestly, I find it to be much more than a story; for me, it is a way of life.
The story is called “This Is Good” and the message is all about perspective. The reality is when bad, negative, or frustrating things happen we each have a choice in terms of how we want to respond. We don’t have to know how something difficult is going to be good, but the idea is to simply leave the door of possibility open that something good can come from something bad. In the face adversity can you say, “this is good?”
I shared the story and encouraged the student-athletes to have a “this is good” mindset. I also warned them that when they embrace this mindset life will present them with plenty of opportunities to think, believe, and respond by saying “this is good!”
The next morning I woke up at 5am to head to the airport for my 7am departing flight. As I grabbed my phone off the charger I realized there was an issue with my flight. It hadn’t been delayed, it had been canceled. Urgh. I quickly called the airline and they told me I had been re-booked on a 2pm flight. I hung up the phone just as my friend/host was asking if it was time to go to the airport? I replied, “go back to bed, my flight has been canceled.” I’m not sure who said it first but the words “this is good” were certainly spoken.
In that moment I had a choice to make; be angry or believe that in some way this could be good. I chose to embrace a “this is good” mindset. As a result, I got to sleep in – YES! And my friend/host and I had lunch with another person I really needed to meet. So yes, my canceled flight was in fact good.
And for the record, my 2pm flight was delayed until 7:45pm which meant I would miss my 5pm connecting flight so my friend/host drove me a couple hundred miles directly to the airport of my connecting flight and the entire way I kept thinking, “this is good.”
Try it, but believe me when I say, if you embrace a “this is good” mindset you will suddenly see so many times when you can put it into practice … but it’s worth it.
Trust me, this is really good.
Molly Grisham, mollygrisham.com
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