Something happened yesterday . . . or rather, it started about a week and a half ago at a party when I chipped my front tooth - a small chip, but a chip all the same. Yesterday? Well, I went to the dentist to get my chip seen too. I went to the check up thinking that it would be a little thing and not cost much. Almost an hour later I left Dr M . . . with a nice, smooth, reconstructed front tooth and a £60 bill.
Not such a little thing, not so cheap.
As I left the dentist and walked home I dug my iphone out of my bag to check my emails. Flicking through both email accounts I was pleased to see that one of the schools I had been negotiating a date with wanted to confirm a date for January. The fee? Well, considerably larger than my unexpected costs at the dentist.
Money out - money in.
Unexpected costs happen, chips in teeth happen, "foot-in-mouth" happens, falling over happens. GREAT THINGS HAPPEN, that job you want happens, a hug and kiss happens, a smile happens. This is the way of the world, so don't be pessimistic about life, be an optimistic realist! (although I lean more towards a crazy optimist!!). Sometimes it is too easy to embrace the negative stuff, the stuff that makes you feel there is no forward momentum, the stuff that makes you want to not get out of bed in the morning. The easy way out . . . apparently. But GREAT stuff, positive stuff, amazing/crazy/tremendous stuff can be easy too!!!!! It's about really focusing on that feeling, that joy that expands your chest, that tickling laughter in your throat, the stretch of skin as your cheeks lift and your mouth stretches into a smile. Remember that feeling, embrace that feeling, know that you can feel that feeling everyday if you choose to.
I could have easily grumbled this week about the unexpected expense of going to the dentist, of my silly tooth for being chipped, of my dentist going to the effort to make my tooth look good (crazy - who would complain about good looking teeth?), but I didn't. I looked at the work I have, the fun I have speaking in schools, the friends that I love and the family I will see soon.
Keep smiling peeps, remember deal with the bad stuff, embrace the GREAT stuff.
"Your Determination is Limitless"
- Elizabeth Wright