Last spring I was walking in a park. A short distance ahead of me was a
mom and her three-year-old daughter. The little girl was holding on to
a string that was attached to a helium balloon. All of a sudden, a
sharp gust of wind took the balloon from the little girl. I braced
myself for some screaming and crying.
But, no! As the little girl turned to watch her balloon go skyward, she
gleefully shouted out, “Wow!”
I didn’t realize it at that moment, but that little girl taught me
Later that day, I received a phone call from a person with news of an
unexpected problem. I felt like responding with “Oh no, what should we
do?” But remembering that little girl, I found myself saying, “Wow,
that’s interesting! How can I help you?”
One thing’s for sure — life’s always going to keep you off balance
with its unexpected problems. That’s a given. What’s not preordained is
your response. You can choose to be frustrated or fascinated.
No matter what the situation, a fascinated “Wow!” will always beat a
frustrated “Oh, no.”
So the next time you experience one of life’s unexpected gusts,
remember that little girl and make it a “Wow!” experience. The “Wow!”
response always works.
Editor of “Bits & Pieces”