“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” ― Paulo Coelho
This week has been very exciting. I flew to Dallas last Tuesday and then flew out to Los Angeles on Wednesday. I had made plans to attend a red carpet event that I had been scheduled for months. When I had a few little unexpected hiccups in my travel plans, I got so frustrated with things; I almost decided not to attend the event.
My trip began in Dallas. The hotel I made reservations with stated they had a free airport shuttle but the day I was scheduled to arrive, the hotel informed me that the shuttle driver would not be able to pick me up. He recommended the shared ride services. I was pissed because that was the reason I choose that hotel. I didn’t want to get a rental car for a simple overnight stay. Now that I had the additional transportation cost my travel budget had to be readjusted.
When I arrived in LA I was able to get my rental car without any issues. I drove to my hotel and when I checked in, they asked for additional money. I had prepaid for the room but they wanted money for incidentals. I didn’t have the money. The hotel clerk suggested that I request a refund through the booking service and that they would agree to the cancellation. I was able to cancel my reservation and the hotel agreed to the cancellation without a cancellation fee. The only remaining problem I had about $30 to my name until the refund was placed back into my bank account. I reached out to an associate to see if I could crash at her place for the night, but she was out of town. I was technically homeless at this time. Panic started to settle in. I reached out to my uncle who lived in San Jose and started thinking; I could drive up to stay with him and skip the event all together. I had a Toyota Prius and unlimited mileage. My uncle told me to hold on while he came up with an idea. I decided to drive to the beach to clear my head.
I stayed out at the beach for about an hour and a half. It was now roughly 6 pm. My uncle texted back and told me he made hotel arrangements at a hotel and all I had to do was check in. They would be waiting on me.
It wasn’t until the following morning when I woke up that I realized that everything had worked out for my good. I was staying at the hotel I originally wanted to stay at before I even flew out here. The room was paid for and money was in my bank account.
As in most situations I always try to look for the lesson to be learned. In this event I learned:
- Trust in the Universe.
- Don’t worry. Take each moment as they come.
- Trials come to make you stronger and wiser
Quote Source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/trials-of-life