It’s amazing how much our attitude can affect the way we react to our circumstances. It’s even more amazing how our attitude can affect what happens to us.
On checking out of my room at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where I had attended a company conference, I found that I had 5 hours with nothing to do, as all my friends were either travelling or otherwise occupied. When I asked where I could sit to spend the time, the staff very kindly took me to the VIP lounge.
How disappointing, I thought, to spend the last 5 hours in a place as exciting as Vegas, stuck in a lounge, particularly as I was due to go on a 12 hour flight that night back to Australia. Then I remembered that a colleague had told me that, if I was to become more grateful for what I had, I would attract more of what I wanted into my life. So I decided to give myself a challenge and give it a go. I decided that I was grateful for the comfy chair, the free wifi, the free snacks, and the fact that I was sitting in the VIP lounge, when I certainly wasn’t a VIP!
Some time later, when I was catching up on some training videos I had meant to watch for a while, who should tap me on the shoulder and start talking to me, but the CEO of the company! This was a woman who I greatly admire and respect, and who I never thought I would meet, let alone chat with. I told her that meeting her had made the next few hours I would spend here worth it. As she left, she said: “you simply must eat before you go. Please have whatever you want and charge it to the company account”. I was amazed!
Quite some time later, a man entered the lounge and introduced himself as the head butler at the MGM grand. “I’ve never met a butler”, I said in surprise. He laughed and said, “I hear you’re hungry. Please follow me”.
“Where are we?” I asked a few minutes later, as the butler seated me at a table set for dinner. “This is skyline, a hotel within a hotel, which is where all the famous people stay” he said, and my jaw dropped. “Your company is a good client of ours, and I thought it was easier to bring you up here for your meal”.
The butler and I conversed on many topics as I ploughed my way through the biggest sandwich I’ve ever seen in my life, and a bowl of chips that could serve as a meal on its own. I love america!
As the butler filled my water glass for the third time, the hotel manager, of all people, appeared with my suitcase, and asked if anyone had booked transport for me. I said that I was going to book a cab to the airport, and he said “don’t worry about that, we’ll take you in one of our cars”. Little did I know what was in store!
We all went down stairs, me on the butler’s arm, and the hotel manager wheeling my suitcase. I felt like a princess. This feeling of royalty was magnified when I discovered that the car that was to take me to the airport was a Rolls-Royce! I thought only the queen had one of those!
As I glided to the airport in the back of the Rolls, I pondered the events of the afternoon. I became convinced that, had I remained disappointed and ticked off about how things had turned out, the CEO would never have spoken to me, and I would never have experienced the dream afternoon that I had. So, I am living proof that an attitude of gratitude really can attract blessing.
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