Ever had a day when nothing worked out the way it should, and you are left asking yourself what was I supposed to learn today?

Well that was my yesterday. I’d gone to Rotary and was interested in learning more from the two speakers invited. They’d cancelled and so two members came up with Plan B which was fun. I’ve had that happen to me and sometimes the alternative is better than what you’d originally arranged.

I had to leave early because I had meetings in Toronto, but when it came time to leave, I couldn’t find my car keys.   Now I have one of those big purses that can hold a bucketful of stuff, so I frantically emptied it. No keys.

I went to the car thinking I’d stupidly left the keys in the car. Nope. Car locked and no keys in sight.   Back to the clubhouse where we were meeting and I asked around. Someone had seen them sitting on the cloakroom table. Great. I wasn’t imagining things. But apart from that sighting… no luck in finding the keys.

By this time I realize that I am not going to make my first appointment in Toronto and I cancel and give the second person the heads up that I may not be coming into Toronto after all.

I also started thinking about my plan B.

You see we had already lost the spare set of keys (they’d fallen down a city drain). So in order to get my car working, I knew I would have to have it towed to the dealership which was an hour away, and even then, it wasn’t a simple task. And definitely not a cheap one (we’re talking thousands) and I would have to rent a car for a few days while it was being done.

All this was weighing on my mind and I was close to tears thinking about what I would have to do.  Stranded at the club, several members kindly offered to drive me home and we sent out an email asking if anyone had picked them up by mistake.   I no sooner got home, than an email arrived and someone confessed to having my keys.

But I had no car to drive from the farm back into Guelph to pick them up. A kind neighbour came to the rescue and drove me into the city, where we promptly got lost trying to find her office on the university campus! Will this ever end?

By noon, I had my keys but I felt I had put in a day’s worth of time between the stress and worrying about the potential costs involved and the lost appointments.

So it was suggested I put my feet up, enjoy my newly found time and perhaps have a glass of wine, which I did.

As for my lessons – well first attach my keys around my neck – could be a new line of accessories and second, I spent a lot of time thinking about the worse case scenario and that was wasted energy. I forgot to stay positive.   And third, people are kind and I thank those who came to my rescue.

Today is another day. I’m ready to start over, with my keys closely attached.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.