Morning everyone, how was your weekend? I had a really lovely one, which was threatened by a public transport blip, that reminded me, a lot of the time, being positive or negative is a choice we make.
Yesterday afternoon, in a damp and grey Manchester, I found myself in badly organised que waiting for a rail replacement bus service. The people around me were cold, and impatient, and frustrated. They had plans, and getting soggy waiting for a coach hadn’t been factored into them. The staff were agitated. There were too many of them, and from what I could gather, not enough clipboards to go around. People were being passed from one high vis jacket to the next, taking with them their agitation, like a production line of negativity.
It wasn’t even half an hour since I’d been sat in a bar, with amazing friends, belly full, and belly laughs, but already I was beginning to forget that. Already I was beginning to get upperty. Then a lady came up to me, she had just arrived, took one look at what was going on, and very loudly made her feelings clear. ‘Oh really, this is just ridiculous, they are ruining peoples weekends, aren’t they?’
Maybe my agitation showed on my face, because her question seemed to be directed at me, I felt a symoathetic smile begin to curl on my lips, and then I thought ‘actually, it isn’t all that bad.’
Yes, having to get a coach, is less efficient than a train, and without a doubt, the whole shebang could have been better organised. However it wasn’t going to ruin my weekend, it wasn’t even going to ruin that hour. And when you looked at the situation it was all very understandable.
Railways need to be replaced, Sunday’s are quiet, traffic happens, and nobody was to blame for the weather.
If a train is cancelled shouldn’t we just be grateful there is a replacement option? That isn’t something you get with many things in this world.
There are a lot of bad things that can happen in life, in the world, they fill our tea time news reels day in day out. In the grand scheme of things, a rail replacement bus, really is not one of those terrible things. All that was happening in that que, was people feeding eachothers, and their own, bad feelings. So when that lady questioned when my weekend had been ruined by the mysterous ‘they who are to blame’ I stopped myself from nodding in polite but negative agreement, and said ‘no not really, there are much worse things in life.’
So this week, I’m going to remember that, I’m not saying all our problems are negative, I’m just saying save your energy, because we all have our own battles some are worth fighting for, others aren’t battles at all, unless we want to fight with ourself. So don’t feed your own negativity, instead get on the rail replacement bus, thank the staff around you, smile at the driver, and say happy nice things to your fellow passengers. Sometimes that’s just what life is like, you thought you’d be on a direct train service, but instead there’s a hiccup and things move a little slower, and while it may not have been factored in to your plans, ultimately you still make it home.
Live life & give network rail a break every now and then x