I’ve always lived by a simple mantra “work hard, eat pizza hard”. I go strong all week; work hard, avoid temptations, exercise and abide by a strict diet. My finish line is Friday, and oh boy do I finish lavishly. I’m a firm believer in having a cheat day and mine happens to be Friday, which of course is also pizza day. As much as I love pizza, you could probably imagine that there is a lot of excitement and anticipation built up into this day.
So, I get home Friday night, the perfect pizza I’ve dreamed of all week in my hands. I open the box, peer inside and to my horror the pizza sucks! Imperfections scream back in my face. A big, charred crater from a collapsed pizza bubble wreaks havoc over a third of the pie. There’s at least one topping unaccounted for and where’s all the cheese?
Cue mental meltdown.
We’ve all been there; the pizza is burned or underdone, lacking cheese, deformed, delivered an hour late or cold. So, what happens when I wait all week, come home and the pizza is bogus?
Though I feel like crying, I attempt to focus all my energy towards a big deep breath and a smile. It’s hard and a constant practice, but I try to take a bad outcome and creatively reconfigure it into something positive. This time with the help of my wonderful wife Tess, the result was a delicious homemade BBQ chicken pizza. Mmm, mmm, mmm.
Stumble, laugh, figure it out.
I try to salvage what I can or just move on. I’ll make a frozen pizza or tear the kitchen apart and make my own pizza (Tess really does not prefer the latter if I’m on my own). I feel just by taking charge and moving forward I can bring myself more joy than the original outcome could have.
I try to figure out what I can learn from the experience to improve for next time. Maybe, now I know not to order from a certain pizza place, or not to order a particular item, or not to order at such a busy time. I’m going to learn, get back up and continue on; one pizza the wiser.
It’s all about how you come back.
Resilience makes all the difference, whether life dealt you a bad hand or you burned your frozen pizza, how you react and move forward is everything. Our ability to turn rejections around can help us excel, pizza misfortunes can show us the way. If the pizza you looked forward to all week sucks; make your own pizza.
Everyday I pride myself not on the outcomes of situations, but on my response to situations. It’s not easy, but when I try to remind myself I have mental control, I feel I come out on top. This allows me not to get swept up in a heated moment and move on.
What pizza taught me:
With a positive view and reaction to failure, we can grow and find even more happiness in life. If we embrace rejection and learn from it, we gain new insight and have a better ability to adapt to life’s obstacles.
- What I’m eating: Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza: Sweet Baby Rays, leftover grilled chicken breast, mozzarella, cheddar, red onion and cilantro.
- What I’m reading: “Good to Great”-Jim Collins