Many years ago, I use to play the “blame game” where I pointed a finger at some one, some place, or some thing, never noticing the 3 fingers pointed back at me. Consequently, I was mostly in victim mode, where I felt I was owed something for nothing. At around 30 or so, I began to wake up to the fact that the universe doesn’t owe me a thing and I better get my ass in gear and figure out how things do work on this ball or I was going to be stuck in that victimhood role forever. What’s all this have to do with this post? Well, yesterday I had my wallet stolen and although I am still processing many feelings, including anger, I am grateful for everything I have in my life. I am especially happy and grateful that I am living a life that allows me to be in Athens, Greece, where I have visited the Parthenon, SCUBA dived the Mediterranean Sea, and yes, even had my wallet pick-pocketted on an Athens Metro Train. As the title of this post suggests, life really comes down to those two choices, right? I can go with the flow and recognize that stuff occasionally happens and learn to accept it; or, I can spend negative energy on anger and resentment, which doesn’t resolve a damn thing and only ends up with me being frustrated. Yeah, I wish this hadn’t happened. My wish and 5 dollars might buy a cafe latte at Starbucks, but that’s it.
These are some of the feelings I am still processing: 1. Obviously, the thief or thieves needed the money (130 Euros) more than I did, so I hope I was able to help them out in this Greek economic crisis; 2. I hope the police are right about the thieves here taking the cash and tossing the credit cards, driver’s license, personal info, etc.; 3. Karma is a bitch – I know – so beware when the circle comes around, i.e., it bites hard and exponentially worse; and, 4. I’m grateful that I only lost my wallet to these people and not my life. Anywho, enough about my wallet, as I had another wonderful day in Greece today.
This morning at breakfast, I met a new friend, Jen, so I spent a delightful day with her. She had never visited the Acropolis and I offered to show it to her, as well as helping her book a trip to 3 Greek islands she was interested in seeing on her vacation. Consequently, after visiting the Acropolis and having lunch, we went on a quest to find this travel agency in Athens that had a fabulous deal we heard about while at the Parthenon. Mission accomplished, as she is on her way tomorrow morning.
I have one more day here, before I travel to Rome on Sunday. Take care, Steven 🙂