Ever had a type of days when the whole lot seems to go mistaken?
This week, my wife and I had a enterprise meeting in London. I decided we deserved a treat, so I booked forward and received us first-class practice tickets.
The plan was to do the assembly, spend a bit of time in the capital city, then journey residence in luxury that evening.
What might probably go mistaken?
We have been a bit late leaving the house, which meant we have been slicing it brief to catch the practice, and the tickets couldn’t be transferred to a different journey, so the stress started to build a bit of.
We needn’t have fearful. Youngsters are off faculty in England proper now, which all the time results in clearer roads, and we acquired there in loads of time.
We checked the boards. That’s odd. There’s no 9.30 practice!
I checked my e-tickets and instantly felt a huge rush of panic.
I should have by chance hit the transpose button on the app. My tickets have been London-Peterborough, not Peterborough-London!
The subsequent practice wasn’t for an additional 20 minutes, which meant we’d be brief on time attending to the assembly on the different end AND I didn’t have long to type out my journey mess.
One irritating telephone name later and I had new tickets. In normal class. They usually’d value me a further £60!
Breathe, Taz, breathe!
We received onto our practice. We even began to see the humorous aspect… AND we obtained to our meeting on time.
The meeting went rather well. We have been on a excessive. We went off for some food, then decided to satisfy our curiosity and go see the Physique Worlds exhibition everybody has been speaking about.
Neither of us had been positive what to expect – we had a point of trepidation about even setting foot in the place – but we have been pleasantly stunned. The exhibition was massively instructional and completely fascinating.
And then I made my second mistake of the day.
By means of the exhibition, I’d been indulging in a humorous Fb messenger dialog with a couple of buddies.
What can I say? It was the top of an extended week. We’d survived the practice stress. We’d had an incredible meeting AND we had a rare afternoon off together. That frivolous Friday feeling was flying high and I used to be slicing unfastened.
Let’s simply say that once we obtained to the part on intercourse and reproductive organs, my internal 12 year-old came out to play on that messenger thread.
Although elements of the exhibition are actually delicate in nature, this half has somewhat more ‘fun’ to it. There’s even a wall with ‘peep holes’ where you appear to look by means of windows to see scrolling information on the mechanics of luurve making.
Warning, people… specific content arising…
I fired off a message into the group, saying the exhibition was wonderful and that we have been at present at ‘the clitoris cabinet’.
Oh, how I laughed. I used to be so pleased with myself. I was being sooooo funny.
I glanced down at my telephone and realised I’d despatched that message to not the group chat, but to another person totally!
I shortly fired off an apology, explaining what had occurred. I might only wait and hope. Luckily, my unsuspecting recipient had a fantastic sense of humour, and I used to be pretty positive she’d be okay.
My only problem now was in bringing my own power down a bit and not falling headfirst right into a guffawing match which, regardless of the lighter nature of some elements of the exhibition, would have been completely inappropriate. Elements of it *do* embrace precise, human remains, in any case!
I gathered myself and we moved on.
We spent more than three hours in that place – it actually was fascinating and I’d advocate a go to when you haven’t yet been. Positive, there have been all types of combined studies, however I’d say park your judgement and go see for yourself. You may simply be stunned.
Truthfully, if I’d seen one thing like this in my faculty days, I simply may need taken extra interest in biology. The section on CPR, with interactive resuscitation dummies, was an exquisite method to prime up our emergency expertise too. It actually was a well-thought out, education-packed experience – excess of ‘simply’ a spectacle.
By the time we left, our stomachs have been ready for dinner. Fortunately, that change to our practice tickets meant we might choose any considered one of numerous return journeys, so we determined to make a night of it.
At about 9pm, we decided to go residence. I checked for the subsequent out there practice.
The return trains had all been cancelled resulting from electrical faults and ‘extreme climate’.
I referred to as the Trainline individuals again, who stated some trains have been operating on a special line and our tickets can be accepted.
We acquired to Kings Cross station. One thing odd was occurring. A whole lot of individuals have been outdoors, there was plenty of shouting, and the station doorways have been all closed and being guarded from the within.
The electrical fault had slapped each line north of London. ALL trains north have been cancelled until the following day.
I checked the Trainline web site. Yep. All off. Tickets can be legitimate tomorrow. No transport was being organized for the onwards journey, as far as we might see.
London has hundreds of black cabs, but simply think about for a second, if you’ll, the furore of tons of of people making an attempt to get house on the similar time.
To put this in context for you, our automotive was parked at Peterborough station, about 95 miles away. There were no trains or buses stepping into that course and we would have liked to get house that night time.
I referred to as into the gang: “Anybody else have to get to Peterborough and need to share a cab?”
Four individuals got here forward. Recreation on.
One of many chaps – Philip – stated he’d just tried to get a cab and, even if we might discover one, he’d been quoted £300 ($361). Ouch!
Someone within the crowd steered Uber. I’d by no means used it before, but figured it was a legitimate various.
I downloaded the app and was given a quote on a sliding scale of £181-£252. The Uber driver could possibly be with us in minutes. All of us agreed. The deal was finished.
A few hours later, we have been safely back at Peterborough station. The driving force stated he couldn’t present the complete charge quantity till we’d all exited the car and he’d been capable of tell the system he’d finished the job.
We received out.
The app didn’t refresh. The email didn’t arrive.
I checked my Paypal account. I’d been charged £330.19!
When the e-mail finally turned up, they’d added a surge cost (apparently utilized in busy occasions) of £90 and a ‘clear air payment’ of £14.
Let’s simply say my new-found faith in Uber evaporated in that second. Certainly, the quoted most charge must be the utmost payment.
Fortunately, the passengers who shared the journey with us chipped in and I’m waiting to see if the practice line will refund my ticket (can’t assist considering they need to be compensating in the direction of the onwards journey too, but we’ll see).
So, what have been the teachings from my expertise? And the way can I #FlipMyNegatives on today?
1 – No matter you’re doing, give it 100% of your attention.
I don’t care for those who’re taking a bath, studying a ebook, going for a stroll OR booking a practice. Be within the second and stop making an attempt to multi-task – if I’d been concentrating more, I in all probability wouldn’t have cocked up my practice tickets.
2 – Have fun the small wins.
Positive, it value me extra money to modify tickets – and downgraded journey – however we have been still stepping into London, we made our appointment on time AND it was an amazing meeting.
three – Slow down!
We tend to hurry by means of life at 100mph. We miss an excessive amount of AND we make foolish faux pas once we’re not absolutely within the second.
In fact, I shouldn’t have been on my telephone in that exhibition at all. I used to be there with my wife and we have been learning superb stuff collectively.
Why did I even decide my telephone up within the first place? It was because I’d just seen a tremendous reality about happiness and the brain and I needed to share it with my pals. The dialog had continued from there. I *might* have messaged the group later, or the subsequent day.
If I’d waited – or just slowed down and paid extra consideration – I wouldn’t have fired off that cheeky message in the fallacious course.
This is something I often follow faithfully. Being in the second. Recognising we will only spend each moment as soon as. I allowed that frivolous Friday feeling (alliteration’s superior, isn’t it?) to knock me off centre.
4 – Be in gratitude
I’m not joyful that Uber added so much onto our payment and took the money earlier than we’d been warned of – or agreed to – the utmost being exceeded by a lot, but the reality is, I no less than had that a lot money in my account. Not so way back, that wouldn’t have been the case.
So, I’m flipping my negatives again right here. We obtained residence – safely and soundly – and we helped others get residence within the process. AND I had enough spare money in my account to allow me to pay for that journey with no major panic.
I’m grateful for all these issues. I’m grateful for the abundance in my life.
5 – Maintain the religion
Once I’d sent that faulty message, I might solely hand over to the universe and hope for the perfect. Because it happened, the recipient loved a very good snigger at my expense, at a time when she really wanted it. I won’t have orchestrated it however, on some degree, that was a job nicely finished.
I’m additionally retaining the religion that Uber will supply a partial refund, the rail network will refund my ticket and provides a bit of compensation, and that next time I want a correct London cabbie, one shall be obtainable!
So, that’s my story of discovering the positives, learning my classes from what *might* have been a day filled with frustration and disappointment.
It’s all about perspective, individuals – I had a lot of laughter and was surrounded by love on a regular basis, and that’s value a gazillion crazy Uber fees.
Until next time,