A few weeks ago, I met an elderly man on the metro. He wasn't entirely sure where he was going so I gave him directions and we struck up a conversation. Before he got off the train, he looked at me and said "Have a wonderful day...enjoy every minute of it".
I had not been having the best day. I overslept and didn't have time to make a cup of coffee, I forgot my lunch on the kitchen counter, and my work Blackberry was already going crazy with emails. His words made me rethink my attitude about the day. I didn't get my cup of coffee but I did enjoy that extra half hour of sleep. Forgetting my lunch meant I got to treat myself to a delicious lunch at Roti with a good friend. My work day was going to be busy but, having a full day is much better than having a slow and boring day.
I bump into the old man every so often during my morning commute and I'm always reminded of his words. Whenever something annoying or frustrating happens, I try to find one good aspect of the situation and focus on that. It really makes the day much more pleasant.
What are some negative situations that you've found positive in?