“Dude, Where’s My Car” was an Ashton Kutcher movie about two guys who lose their car after a night of hard partying. I know that I am the guy who tells you to go try stuff to make your life better however I am not suggesting you try to emulate this movie. This is not one of those situations but does provide a funny opening. Here are some of the beginning lines from the movie (not Oscar material):
“Dude, where’s my car?”
“I don’t know, dude?”
“Ok, let’s think. It was here.”
“Dude, your right. But, where is it now?”
“I don’t know? Dude”
Ok, so I think you get the gist of the movie not exactly Shakespearean dialogue. It would never be an Oscar contender but does provide a good 90 minutes of laughs at two of the dumbest people ever conceived in movie history.
Now, to the point of this column. My school has been under construction with several new buildings that took over two parking lots. The school did not create any new parking spaces elsewhere on campus to make up for the lack of parking. This has created parking chaos. People are actually parking on the grass and getting ticketed by the school for doing so even though there is nowhere to put their cars.
Originally, my attitude was that I would drive around forever looking for a parking spot. My reality was my attitude. I was one of the lucky ones to get parked on the grass and ticketed (I went in to the parking office and got them to rip up the ticket as I have a prepaid parking pass which is supposed to guarantee me a spot). After weeks of complaining and being bitter about parking, it was beginning to make me resent school and anything to do with it due to all of my difficulties with parking. I have to drive to school because I don’t live near a bus route.
I decided to take my own advice. I woke up and said, “Someone is holding my parking spot until I get there.” Sure enough, I went to school and someone backed out of a spot near the door and I pulled right in.
Day One = Success
Since that change in my mindset, I have parked so close everyday that my friends are starting to notice and think I am “lucky.” I don’t think it is “luck” and more of my mindset towards the parking issue. Luck favours the prepared mind. My mind is prepared to be programmed for the life that I want including good parking spots.
Each morning, we get up and have a choice. Do we view the world as ready to help us or hurts us? If we expect it to hurt us, we see every situation as negative. Whether, it is the coffee barista making our latte wrong or being passed over for a promotion at work. If we expect the world to help us, we see the positive in each situation we encounter throughout the day. For example, last week when I arrived at school a guy pointed to where he was parked so I could have his spot. That is a helping world.
So, here is the million dollar question: Do you live in a helping world or a hurting world? The answer to this question affects how your life will proceed from here. The choice is yours.
Inspirational Speaker and Writer
“Whatever you do, you are creating your own future.”