I recently experienced a few significant incidences in my life. Some of them were pretty bad, while others were very good. This got me thinking about perception and how it can drastically alter our state of mind.
In just a few short weeks, my computer broke down, I got two new jobs, I was called in for jury duty, and a number of other incidents occurred. Looking back on these events, I thought to myself that I had been very lucky and that things have generally turned out well.
However, this made me wonder: is it just my positive thinking that’s causing me to feel this way? For this reason, I decided to perform a little test. I wanted to see if I could paint the last few weeks as an awful, terrible turn of events in my past. It was surprisingly easy to do.
The Worst Week Ever
First off, I was playing in the park with friends when it started to downpour. Naturally, I didn’t bring my waterproof shoes and my sneakers ended up getting soaked (not to mention the rest of my body and my backpack). When I got home, I remembered that I had brought my laptop out with me to the park in my bag. My bag was completely soaked through, but I hoped that by some miracle my computer would still work. However, when I checked the laptop, it was completely dead.
This meant that I had to go all the way back downtown to the computer store to see if they could fix it. The guy told me my only real hope was to send it over to the manufacturer for repairs, which would cost me about $700. I already have enough money issues to have to worry about, so I tried to find another repair center that could perform the same job for cheaper. Luckily, I was able to find one, but it was still going to cost me about $500.
This particular company allows you to also save on shipping costs by sending you the packing materials you will need free of charge. Unfortunately, doing so means waiting a little longer for the computer to be repaired. I wanted my computer to be fixed as soon as possible, so I was tempted to send it along right away, but I decided to try to save some money and go with the free shipping option.
Of course, after I finalize the purchase and the materials are on their way is when my computer decides to start working on me. Turns out, it was only the battery that was damaged and not the whole laptop. I contacted the repair company and told them, and they said I wouldn’t have to pay for the original $500 fee, but I would still have to pay for the materials they shipped to me. So I ended up having to pay for a bunch of shipping materials I didn’t even need.
On top of that, I was called into jury duty right after my employer allows me to start my new job early. And because I was selected to sit on a jury for a 3 day trial, I am going to miss valuable time I could have spent at the job. What could be worse?!