Being Grateful Even in an Unfavorable Situation

Hi Loves,

This past weekend I got a chance to visit one of my college besties while she was attending a conference in Philadelphia, which turned out to be only a 2 hour drive from my home in Maryland.  I truly never knew Philly was that close to where I live.  

Our first stop once we arrived in Philadelphia was Cleaver’s for some good ole Philly Cheesesteak Subs.  Instead of getting the vegan version of the Philly Cheesesteak I ordered the Porta Fresca which was recommended by the restaurant cashier.  My sub was actually pretty good.  I know this sounds bad but the only thing I thought was missing was for it to be a little more greasy and saucy.  I was really ready for that greasy Philly Sub experience 🙂  My boyfriend got a regular Philly Cheesesteak since he eats meat.  He loved both his and mine (yes he tried it.)

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For dinner, I linked up with my friend Rissa and we checked out the modern asian restaurant, Sampan, which was recommend by her friend.  We waited a little over an hour to be seated outside with just 20 minutes left to order from the happy hour menu.

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I ordered the Kimchi fried rice with shrimp which was spicy and delicious. Rissa had some meat food items.  I also ordered the Sake Strawberry Spritzer which was the house drink and the Kantoi Road. We both enjoyed our meal.

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The next day my boyfriend went to catch up with a friend of his while I caught some Z’s at the hotel. While at his friends’, he noticed his tire was flat.  I could have easily decided to start a pity party however, during that time I decided to focus on the positive things.  We often ask why me when something unfavorable happens, when in actuality we should be asking what is this experience teaching me?

Going from having a wonderful trip to dealing with a flat tire definitely challenged my patience.  However I had no choice but to be patient.  If I chose to be mad at the situation what purpose would that serve?  The tire would still need to be replaced with a new one.  This situation was simply of my control. Did I mention that during this time my phone was on 10% , I forgot my charger in the car, and my iPad needed to be reactivated since I had not updated it in so long?  Talk about a total disconnect from our social world as we know it lol.

Since I had plenty of time on my hands I decided to make a dent in my book You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.  Oddly enough I reached a chapter in the book where Jen discusses having a flat tire (what a coincident, right) and using the time it took for the AAA service to arrive as an opportunity to spend time with her children.  She even learned that one of her kids was being bullied at school.  If not for that specific situation she may have never learned about this. 

This situation encouraged me to take a few moments to reflect.  I was grateful that this situation was not worst.  What would we have done if the tire got flat on the highway?  (Which could have potentially caused an accident.)  At least my boyfriend was with a friend from Philly who could tell him about the best option to get a tire fixed on a Sunday.

Overall I realized we still had a good trip. I am grateful for for the opportunity to link up with my college friend who I had not seen in over 4 years.

I am grateful for visiting Philly as an adult.  I loved the architecture of the historical buildings I was able to catch a glimpse of during my short rides within the city.  This helped me realize I want to comeback in the future to explore these and other historical sites.

I am grateful for getting to spend quality time with my boyfriend. 

I am grateful that I did not allow this situation to turn into a panic attack episode for me.  I was surprisingly super calm throughout this entire ordeal, normally  I would freak out. For weeks I have just been working and my weekends have been seemingly flying past me.  I believe this was the universe’s way of telling me to stop and notice the little things that I could easily take for granted.

I hope this post inspires you to focus on the good even in unfavorable situations.

Remember you only have one life to live, so live it Be-U-tifully by being you to the fullest.

Peace & Love,

Esther J

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2 Comments on “Being Grateful Even in an Unfavorable Situation

  1. Needed this since I’ve been a little nervous about an upcoming trip, feeling that something is going to go wrong or terribly unplanned but this helped me worry much less about it and to just appreciate the little things!

    • I am sure your upcoming trip will be amazing! There maybe times when things do not go according to plan however, when you focus more on reacting positively to what life throws at you, it is a sign to the universe that you are open to more good things happening in your life. Thank you for reading my blog post and taking the time to comment.


      Esther J

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