I spent the last five days in New York City for the National Stationery Show — a trade show for the stationery industry, which is one of the industries we cover in one of our magazines at work. I’ve done this trip for the past three years, and it’s always a whirlwind. It’s long days and hard work. But I always come away feeling proud of the work I’ve done. Plus, it’s one of the very few chances each year that I get to return to my writing roots, rather than management and overseeing types of tasks.
There are a lot of legitimate reasons I could have come home from New York cranky:
- It rained every day.
- I was inside a convention center from at least 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- I gained four pounds.
- I never got my Red Mango.
- I spent much of the time there exhausted.
- I had some terrible TERRIBLE service at a couple of restaurants.
- There wasn’t enough time to see all the people I wanted to see and do all the things I wanted to do.
- I didn’t get in the 7-mile run I was wanting/needing because I was either too tired or too busy, depending on the day.
- I had to remind myself several times that it’s OK not to be one of the “cool kids” because I’m the coolest me I know.
- I was away from home and missing everyone.
But rather than focus on those things, I have a lot to be completely joyful about during my trip to New York. And joyful I am.
- I got to travel to a city a lot of people only dream about visiting — and I didn’t have to pay for most of it.
- I got to run every day. No matter how short the runs were, they were runs — and they were through some of New York’s most famous places.
- I met some of the most amazing Internet (health and fitness blogger) friends, reminding me why it’s important to have people in your life who not only appreciate what you’re trying to do, but they actually understand it. I remain awed by the things that group of gals has accomplished and am honored and humbled to have been included among them. (More on this later.)
- I worked a trade show that left me feeling renewed and inspired about the industry I’m in.
- I talked to David McCallum.
- I got to spend some much needed out-of-the-office time with my coworkers and found a new appreciation for them as people that are, for the most part, pretty darn cool.
- I finally saw Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty.
- I got to run with 10,000 other people (including my blogger buddies). That’ll probably never, ever happen in my life again. And it was for a good cause.
- I dined on some of the most delicious food (pizza, dessert, seafood, veggie burgers) I’ve had … ever. And, there was dessert. A lot of dessert.
- I returned to my “real” life with a reminder of how good this life is, how blessed I am and how happy this life really is.
So, no, the trip wasn’t perfect. Nothing ever is. It’s how you choose to look at your life, your experiences, that determines what you get out of them. And I prefer the smiles to the frowns, the laughs to the groans.
My advice? Take a moment right now to remind yourself how blessed you are — and how amazing your experiences have been.
“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” ~Peace Pilgrim