June 9, 2014 by Jen Cudmore
Well… I was so busy enjoying the Love Alaska Festival with Luis Palau that I forgot I hadn’t set up a blog post for Monday!
But who can blame me? With Kutless, Lincoln Brewster, and Toby Mac, plus tons of friends, I was easily distracted! And I must say, I was impressed when the mayor and governor both came out to support this ‘Christian’ festival.
Saturday I was able to get right up next to the stage for Kutless, so I could see their expression while they sang, and it was fantastic. But Sunday I was much further back from the stage and ended up sitting by myself for most of the festival. My children ran off with their friends, the family that was supposed to sit with me chose to stay at the back. And when I snuck away to the bathroom, I returned to see my stuff had been pushed aside so a large family could move in next door. So, in order not to lose my place, I had to stay put.
I was a little bummed to be alone (and crowded) – I won’t lie. But I decided it didn’t matter. I was there to celebrate my Savior, not talk to my friends. So I chatted with 2 ladies I’d never met, sang my heart out, cried during one of the healing stories, and screamed like crazy for my favorite bands!
1) I got the worst sunburn of my life at the waterpark, even though I wore sunscreen, and ended up with large blisters across my shoulders. I had to stay out of the sun for a few days, and wear a towel when I did go outside (can anyone say ‘humility’?) I had to take a few cold showers, pump down the ibuprofen, and slather my back with four kinds of burn relief (thanks to my worried hubby).
2) We got lost in Honolulu – twice. Although the freeway is easy to find, it’s not so easy to connect to, and our maps were terrible. I’m pleased to say we finally found Pearl Harbor. We were nearly late for my appointment to swim with the dolphins, but made it just in time.
3) Our accommodations were less than stellar in Oahu. Our 6 person room had 3 plates and cups, and seats for 4. Our daughter had to sleep with my husband and I because there were only 3 beds and 5 people. (My eldest bro Tony came along). And the hotel parking was 2 blocks away from our room!
4) In Maui, we decided to travel the road to Hana, with it’s ridiculous 600 curves and never going above thirty miles an hour. Beautiful scenery, but no one warned us this was an all day trip. We thought we’d be back to the hotel not long after our picnic lunch; we made it back just in time for dinner.
5) We forgot two very important items: our credit card, set aside just for this trip, and the dice we needed for the roll-playing game we promised our kids. We managed to figure out the finances eventually, but the game issue couldn’t be remedied.
There’s more, but I’ll stop there. I really had a great vacation because I decided to make the most of it. Ordinarily, such issues would really upset me, but I worked hard to stay positive. I can look back and chuckle about the problems now.
Besides, I did get a coconut cream pie all to myself…
So all those cliches have a merit: Don’t sweat it. No worries. Let it go. Whatever. Don’t let it get you down.
Attitude does matter. You can complain about your circumstances, or you can choose to enjoy yourself. I’m so glad I did the latter, because I can look back and smile, rather than think about how miserable I was.
Is there a situation in your life right now where you need to change your attitude?
“Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. …” James 1:2-4
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