A few weeks ago I was traveling from Dallas to New York via Chicago. When I stepped off the plane in Chicago I realized I had misplaced my wallet. It had everything in it—credit cards, cash, driers license. You name it and it was in my wallet.
Once I realized I was without everything you need while traveling, I did what most anyone would do—panic! To say I was “upset” is putting it mildly. Immediately, a thousand questions raced through my pea-brain: how was I going to make a return trip with no id? How was I going to rent a car when with no driver’s license and no credit card? How was I going to eat with no money?
Here are a few of the texts and voice mails I sent my wife when I realized what was going on:
“Please pray…I have lost my wallet!!”
“This is bad!! What am I going to do?”
“I can’t believe I did this!!”
My wife’s response? “We’ve been through worse.”
Wow—that summed it up. She was exactly right: we had been through worse. Her mom’s death. My dad’s heart attack (and subsequent death). Personnel issues at work. Indeed we had been through worse. My wife’s gentle reminder put the entire situation in perspective. By the way, one of my daughters later added, “It’s not like the plane crashed.”
Ever had a day that seemed like everything was going wrong? Odds are you have. Your boss yells at you. You miss a deadline. You have an argument with your spouse. Your kid gets in trouble at school. You get in a fender bender. There are times when these things all happen on the same day.
One of the principles to thinking huge is thinking perseverance. You are going to have hard days. You are going to have days when it seems like everything is going wrong. But keep it all in perspective. More than likely, you’ve been through worse.