Thank Goodness, a Day is only 24 hours!

Do you know what is best about a day?  It’s only 24 hours long!  No matter how devastating, overwhelming and physically exhausting the day is, it only lasts 24 hours.  After 24 hours, you get a fresh start with a brand, new day!  And if you keep humor in your life, it will help “cleanse and cool the earth and you”.

Humor and laughter lightens your burdens, inspires hope, keeps you grounded, and gives you a boost of energy!  Take one of your past stressful days and relive it from a different point of view like one of mine below!  I hope you will keep smiling, laughing and BEA—ing POSITIVE!

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
Langston Hughes

 We had a great plan to make a same-day trip to Miami for my meeting:

  • allotted 6 hours for a 4.5 hour trip
  • my meeting was at 1:00 p.m., so we would miss rush-hour traffic
  • the weather was perfect for driving

and we all know what happens to the “best laid plans”. . .

At 7:00 a.m., we grab the “to-go” coffee cups and headed south on I-75.  After one stop for gas and “to go” breakfast, we arrive in downtown Miami at 12:00 p.m.  Once on North East 2nd Avenue, we pulled into a parking lot. It was a beautiful day in Miami: sunny, 95 degrees and 95% humidity!  What follows is our 40 minute walking “journey” from the parking lot to the office that should have taken 11 minutes. 

We found out that you don’t walk south on North East 2nd Avenue to get to South East 2nd Street.  After 4 blocks, we reached U.S. 1 —  the only road between us and the ocean.  Three passers-by later, we found a nice lady who spoke English and pointed us in the right direction:  west and another 6 blocks.

Once on SE 2nd Street, we found a businessman taking a cigarette break.  Thankfully, he spoke English, but he had no idea that he was standing on SE 2nd Avenue.  Looking around, we saw a policeman in the next block of SE 2nd Street, so we walked over to ask him for directions.  With a big smile, he knew exactly where the building was: “it’s right across the street next to the Verizon store”.  Great – across the street and it’s only 12:30 p.m.!

We crossed the street and entered the building next to the Verizon store.  To save precious minutes, we asked the security guard for directions to the suite.  Another smiling face, and he said, “oh, you need to go up the street to the tower . . . you know, the one that lights up at night”.  Of course, we had no idea which building “lights up at night” but there was no mistaking the “tower” about 6 blocks away.  Mild panic sets in, and we started jogging.

Six blocks later, we enter the “tower”, and it’s 12:40 p.m.  A couple of security guards later and two different sets of elevators, we arrive on the 21st floor.  As the elevator door opens, we see a welcome sight – the restrooms – locked restrooms!  Thankfully, the office suite was just around the corner and both keys were available.  I spent the next 10 minutes in the women’s restroom salvaging the make-up that hadn’t sweated down my cheeks, toweling off my arms to cool down, and trying to keep my last nerve intact.  I had 10 more minutes to cool down physically and mentally as I waited for 1:00 p.m. 

My meeting was successful and lasted exactly 61 minutes. I took the 2 sets of elevators back to the 1st floor lobby where my husband had been waiting. While he waited for me, he checked Google Maps and found a more direct walking route back to the car.  You guessed it!  It took us 11 minutes to get to the car in the parking lot. 

At 7:00 p.m., we arrived back home safely, absolutely frazzled and stressed to the “max”.  Is this day ever going to end?

A new day begins; we are rested, sane and relive the day before.  Like a welcome summer rain, our sense of humor helped us relive the previous day’s events with a good belly laugh!

  • you have to go west on NE 2nd Avenue to get to SE 2nd Avenue
  • an 11 minute walk from the parking lot to the office building took us 40 minutes
  • during that 40 minutes we confirm that English is a 2nd language in Miami
  • people who live there have no idea where they are – even policemen
  • do you really need to put locks on the restroom doors on the 21st floor of the “tower”? 
  • walking in 95 degrees/95% humidity for more than 11 minutes will guarantee to make you sweat and crumple and wilt the best pressed shirt
  • I can only imagine what I looked like toweling off in the women’s restroom
  • All of this for a 61 minute meeting!

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