A couple of days ago I was walking in a small garden. A short distance ahead of me was a mom and her little 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
cheerfully shouted out, "Wow!" I didn't realize it at that moment, but that little girl taught me something.

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 us off balance with its unexpected problems. That's a given. What's not predetermined is our response. We 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 . . .

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Windu said…
can i look at the story from a different aspect?

I'd see the balloon representing the things which don't really belong to us, our troubles, difficulties, insecurities, life itself ... etc. They are with us only on a temporary basis but we expect them to be forever. Some of which we don't really want either, but we're afraid of change. We refuse to let go... but when they're gone, by mistake, or cause we couldn't hold on ... we can then say WOW cause we are now lightened!
CODama said…
it is a wise way to look at the story, wise indeed, I agree sometimes things happen to us and at that time they seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection one realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would never have realized your potential, strength, will power of heart, that is the reason why I told you let go of the ballon and start afresh, but NEVER quit
Windu said…
How I can i thank you for your encouragement?

I did let some balloons off my hand ... :)

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