Day 909. No umbrella in the pouring rain…. time to use Dale Carnegie’s principles…

October 6, 2013

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 909.  Thursday, September 19, 2013
We got up to leave the restaurant and noticed it was raining outside.

Roe:  “We needed the rain.  You wait here and I’ll go get the car.”

Smiling Daffodil:  “No, that’s ok.  I’ll go with you.”At the time I was wearing one of my favorite dresses—fresh out of the dry cleaners and some very fancy shoes that I think I’ve only worn three times in my life.  They are somewhat challenging to walk in—and they aren’t comfortable.

We started walking away from the protection of the restaurant awning.  For a brief moment I thought, “I’m insane to walk in the pouring rain.”

But I kept going.

Roe:  “Are you sure you want to do this?”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Yes.  It’s ok.”

I looked at Roe and he was getting quite wet—and it wasn’t helping we had to walk slow because of the silly heels I was wearing.

Roe:  “Do you want to take your shoes off?”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Yes, I think that’s a good idea.”

Roe:  “What about your hat?  Here, I’ll put my hat on top of yours so it doesn’t get ruined.”

I was able to walk a lot faster now that I was barefoot in the rain.

Roe:  “It’s always an adventure, isn’t it?”

I couldn’t help but giggle.  I was having fun with the spectacle we were creating.  Me, in a pretty dress, barefoot in the rain with Roe getting patiently drenched as he tried to keep an easy enough pace for me to walk.  Neither one of us seemed to mind—in fact, I had a smile as we walked past other people who were dry, under awnings or with umbrellas.

We reached the parking garage.

Roe:  “Do you want to take the elevator instead of the steps?”

Smiling Daffodil:  “Nah!  I’d rather take the steps!”

So barefoot, I climbed the steps.

We went up a few flights then searched for the car.

Roe:  “Where did we park?”

Smiling Daffodil:  “I have no idea!”

We wandered the parking lot garage—Roe soaking wet from the rain and me, barefoot in a pretty dress and a smile on my face.

It took us some effort but we finally found the car—right where we left it.

Smiling Daffodil:  “That was fun!”

The Dale Carnegie principles used in this story are from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Don’t fuss about trifles.

The lesson in this story:  Make the best of a situation.  Find humor wherever you can.  And enjoy the people in your life.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By The Smiling Daffodil

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