Have you heard this story before? Maybe you’ve seen it in an email.
Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.
This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.
The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.
The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.
Of course it’s not a true story. In fact, it is refuted on snopes.com. However, it made me think about the things we “mourn” that “sink” in our lives. Not everything will go exactly as we plan it and we have to be ready to “roll with the punches.”
I am a planner and I like to know what is going on ahead of time to set my expectations. It used to be that when something went awry, I would get upset about it. This has become much less the case as I’ve gotten older. Disruptions to my schedule are less annoying than they used to be and more expected.
Don’t let little inconveniences or unexpected events in the course of a day weigh you down. Remember that there is a purpose for everything.
Use these tips to meet these challenges head on:
1. Expect Disruptions
No matter how well you plan, disruptions happen. Construction on the interstate slows you down. Your child gets sick. Your gas grill catches fire while grilling dinner. You get a flat tire. Your project faces delays. It is just a part of life.
2. Stay Positive
You can’t control every event but you can control how your attitude in working through the disruptions. Keeping a positive attitude helps to turn the circumstance into a more positive result. I’ve shared with you my CAR formula (Circumstance + Attitude = Result). The variable you control in all this is your attitude. You can’t control the circumstance but the result will change depending on a positive or negative attitude.
3. This Too Shall Pass
Remember that this will not last forever. I’ve taken comfort in this thought on several occasions. When things happen, there’s nothing we can do about. What has happened, happened. We just need to deal with it the best we can.
4. Keep Moving Forward
Continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep on going. Keep making progress and don’t let yourself feel defeated.