Late as usual, I rushed the kids out of the minivan and into their piano lesson. I locked the door and as I was closing it I got a funny feeling, "Don't close the door, don't close the door", but my actions were too fast for my hurried brain to stop what it was doing. As soon as the door was closed, my brain caught up to what was happening. "Arrggghhh! I think I just locked the keys in the car! Great!" I muttered to myself. The kids had already gone into their lesson.
I walked into the lesson frazzled. I could feel my face heating up with embarrassment. "I just locked my keys in the car", I announced.
Luckily the piano teacher just said, "Oh no, don't worry you can use my phone and call the police. I think they can open it for you." She looked up the number for the local police department and handed me her phone. I was afraid it might mess up the rest of her day, if we had to hang out at her house and wait for the police. I knew she had more students coming. But she showed no annoyance only sympathy for how I must be feeling. She simply continued the lesson with my daughter, while I sat waiting, hoping the police could open it.
I don't know how he arrived so quickly, but it must have been no more than 5 minutes and the policeman showed up. It took him less than 3 minutes to open my door, and there on the floor between the front seats, laid my keys. I had put them there to hand the piano books to my daughter. I thanked him profusely, but I got the feeling that I wasn't the first frazzled person he had unlocked a door for. I went back into the piano lesson which was just wrapping up. I thanked the teacher for helping out and we left on time. As we piled into the van, heading for a school concert, I started laughing and soon the kids joined in. I couldn't believe that so much had gone wrong and yet we were still on time, because the piano teacher had helped me fix the problem instead of dwelling on what was wrong.
Life is too short to dwell on the negatives, I thought. Even the Mayo Clinic agrees. On their website at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/sr00009 it states that positive thinking can:
· increase life span
· increase resistance to common cold virus
· reduce risk of heart disease
"One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body."
Though I will try my hardest to never again lock my keys in the car, I know eventually, it will happen. But this time I will laugh sooner.
Start with a smile, it will help you face the day!