Sometimes I get really annoyed because things just aren't going my way. We all have that at times, when something we really want fails to happen or we don't get what we feel we deserve. Occasionally, there are moments when we just need to stop and rethink what we're really doing, facing the situation for what it is, instead of fussing on and on.
I had a case in point this morning. I'd seen the fountain near the station yesterday evening, which had iced up all nicely in the recent sub-zero temperatures and because the council people hadn't turned off the water. Usually this isn't a problem, most winters are such that temperatures get down to a couple of degrees below zero, nothing spectacular and well within the tolerance of the fountain pump's mechanical system. I made a mental note of the situation, planning to come back this morning with my camera to make some photos.
The last couple of days have been bitterly cold. This morning the temperature had dived to somewhere between -12 and -20 degrees Celsius, I did my shopping first and then went to the fountain for my photos. When I got there, a maintenance man from the council was already busy de-icing the fountain and I noticed that some of the icicles were already gone. I was pretty annoyed, I'd been looking forward to some good shots, the man told me that some of the ice had broken off during the night and that he was about to drain the whole system and shut it down until the cold spell was over, after having removed as much ice as possible.
I did my best to hid my annoyance, reasonably succesfully it seems, had a bit of a chat with this man who turned out to be a photographer himself in his spare time. He offered to turn on the fountain again for a few minutes for me, so I could get some shots in. Since he'd already cleared most of the circulation system there was now a clear flow of water again, which I could shoot in a way that was almost unique. Mostly, once the fountain freezes, the water stream is reduced to a trickle before it freezes up, whereas I now had the chance to shoot a full flow.
I was rather glad afterwards. I'd had the chance to get myself angry at a missed chance and be difficult, I was glad I didn't though and through accepting the situation as it was and not being difficult I managed to get hold of something that was even more than I'd hoped for in the beginning. For me, once again, an important lesson in both patience and humility. The world doesn't revolve around me or my wishes, by taking things as they come and accepting the situation as it is, I open myself for completely new things I'd neither expected nor hoped for.
Strange the way the world works sometimes. Have a great day, keep well...