Disappointments are inevitable. Do not expect every plan you make to carry through without a hitch. Accept your disappointments philosophically. Smile even when things go wrong and speak pleasantly on all occasions, since these are direct ways of attracting friends. ~ Grenville Kleiser
According to Virginia Postrel in her book The Power of Glamour, one of the reasons glamour draws us in is because of the illusion of grace and ease. Glamour encourages us to focus on the ideal instead of the flaws. It draws us into the world of “what could be” and motivates us to take action so that we can come closer to that ideal.
But we also need to be a bit pragmatic. Make no mistake. Things can go wrong despite our best efforts at planning. It is how we react to those disappointments that defines us as either graceful (a key component of glamour) or easily stressed out.
I am the team leader for our center’s annual teaching and learning symposium scheduled to take place tomorrow. I have an amazing team and we prepared for every contingency…except for a polar vortex that has brought half of the country to its knees and shut down the university two days in a row (the plan is that it will reopen tomorrow). I’m not sure what will will happen tomorrow but I have complete confidence that the faculty who are able to attend will still have a positive experience. My goal is that they will leave the symposium re-energized for the spring semester despite the frigid temperatures.
And no matter what happens, we will make all of the positive aspects of the event seem effortless instead of focusing on all of the things that went wrong so that the faculty can feel good about making the effort to attend.