Saturday Serenity: The Week That Wasn’t



To say I’ve had an extremely challenging week is putting it mildly.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve had such a week where everything went utterly wrong (or appeared to go wrong).

From disappointing news, to showing up for appointments that were cancelled (oops, sorry Cher, we forgot to tell you) to not one but two pizzas ruined upon delivery (first one sticking to the cardboard and when a replacement pizza was sent half of the pizza slid off and onto the inside of the box), it is time to push the reset button.

It makes me wonder why all of this nonsense occurred in the span of a week.  Was it just bad luck, karma, happenstance, or was there something underlying the entire sad scenario?  Trying to figure all of this out, I started to think about the fact that in many of the circumstances it could very well have ‘appeared’ to be a bad experience, but in fact, perhaps it might turn out to be just the opposite in the long run.  In other words, some of the things I think happened that made them receive a primary spot on my ‘That’s not cool’ list, could be clearing space for something better.


Have you noticed that at times there are experiences which, at the moment, seem downright miserable, only to realize later that they were literally blessings in disguise? Even the pizza place gave me some redemption (literally) as they refunded my money and are sending me a voucher for a free pizza in the future.  I’ll probably go to their restaurant next time instead of delivery, but maybe that will prove to be a great experience that otherwise wouldn’t have happened had the cardboard sticking, slider pizza situations not occurred.

This isn’t just ‘positive thinking’ or ‘making the best of something’, I really think these things do happen for a reason.  I know it is up to me to just roll with it and in time I might find out that, “This or something better” is true (my mom says this a lot and she’s right).  Disappointment, I think, can sometimes be an actual disguise that leads to better circumstances. On the surface, our disappointment translates into negative thoughts, and a ‘why did this happen’ mindset.


But what if some of the very things that happened this week were clearing space for the ‘better’ stuff to show up.  Now, trying to explain delays and other annoyances might even come down to timing; the person on the street who desperately needed someone, anyone to smile in their direction wouldn’t have happened if I had not experienced a delay.

I sure don’t have all the answers, but I think the old hindsight is a great way to look back to realize that something else was at play instead of putting it down to ‘just a bad coincidence’.  Perhaps I was being rerouted on purpose in order to ‘not’ get what I thought I wanted.  I know it is hard to see the ‘why did this crap happen’ answers, but I do believe sometimes we just have to trust in the benevolence of the Universe and know that our best interests are at play.

If we think back and can honestly say, “Wow, am I ever glad that happened or didn’t happen even when I thought it should or shouldn’t, because “insert the whatever here!” now things are so much better! Whew!  I like to think of it as rerouting; you know, like the corn mazes that show up at Halloween.  We go one way, but we run smack-dab into a corn patch; but trying an alternative path we get a much better outcome.

Right, with the reset button pushed, I’m ready to just let the junk of this past week be seen only from a rear-view mirror perspective.  I need to begin getting excited about the cool things that are coming my way.  A thought came to me yesterday which I think is appropriate for looking ahead:

“Anticipation is the elixir of life.” 


I’m anticipating great things coming to me, and if any of them ‘suck’ for lack of a better word, then I’ll anticipate something else.  Here’s hoping you anticipate very good things coming your way, because that’s what I’m sending out to you for the week ahead! 🙂

  22 comments for “Saturday Serenity: The Week That Wasn’t

  1. September 8, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Counting my blessings and expecting more… 🙂 Great reminder of the crazy things that turned out to be just that—blessings. xo

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    • September 8, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Hi Bette! Ah, that is perfectly stated! They really do, don’t they? Thank you, dear Bette! Cher xo

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      • September 8, 2018 at 12:04 pm

        Loved your quote and graphic too! Blessings and love… ❤ xo

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      • September 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

        Ah, bless! Thank you so much, dear Bette! The quote literally came to me out of the blue! And to you as well; blessings and love, Cher xo

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  2. September 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Great post Cher! We can never know exactly what is coming our way each day can we. I have definitely had the experience with hind sight and said to myself wow, am I glad this or that did or didn’t happen. The pizza company needs to have a chat with the delivery drivers, that shouldn’t happen! I hope your days get better Cher. And may your pizza arrive in magnificent condition! ❤️

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    • September 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much, John! I am glad you can relate to what I’m saying. Yes, it’s a very well-known and established pizza place in Chicago; LOL! Thanks, John, me too!! Cher xo

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  3. September 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Sorry you had a rough week, Cher, but very much admire your positive way of accepting the downs and turning them into potential ups!

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    • September 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Hilary! I definitely trying, that’s for sure! Hope all is well on your side of the pond! Cher xo


  4. September 8, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Blessings or not, hit the reset button!!

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    • September 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Don! I hear you, and it is a great idea! Reset button has been pushed! Thank you! Cher xo


  5. September 9, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Great post. I’ve so been there….

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    • September 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      David, you know exactly what I mean then. Cher xo


  6. September 9, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    What a lovely way to think about things, Cher! I once met ‘the wrong Simon’ in a bar who I thought my mate had set me up with. Turned out he was a manipulative weirdo but through him I met my wonderful bloke! There definitely isn’t one path of the right path, just lots of opportunities opening up like you say.

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    • September 9, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Why thank you, Chrissie! That is very cool and exactly what I think too. Sometimes we have to get out of our own way and not try to be the square peg in the round hole or vice versa; in other words, we shouldn’t try to make it fit just because we think we want something. Thank you, Chrissie! Cher xo

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  7. September 9, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Those pizzas though, smh. You should treat yourself and make a date of it ^_^

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    • September 9, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Defo! Brilliant idea my dear! Thank you! Cher xo


  8. Murph
    September 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Sounds like you had a week of “Murphy’s Law” sneak up on you!
    Well, you are handling it like a pro, what a great outlook, and here’s hoping you find
    more than just a great pizza dinner on your reset outing 🙂
    Keep us tuned into this ongoing saga please…

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    • September 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Hi ya, Chris! Ah, I most certainly did have “Murphy’s Law” catch me off guard at every turn! Why thank you, Chris! I really appreciate that a lot! Hahaha Well, the reset button has been fervently pushed and I’m ready to embark on a windshield view as opposed to a rear-view mirror perspective! And it looks as if the weather here in Chicago is finally beginning to ‘chill out’, as it were. I shall do just that; thanks again! I hope the weather is cooperating with the calendar ‘up North’! 😉 Cher xo


  9. September 10, 2018 at 11:15 am

    There’s always a new day just a few hours away! If today ain’t great tomorrow has every chance to be 🙂 When it all goes bad, put it down to experience and move on! Have good tomorrows Cher 🙂

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    • September 10, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much my dear! Those are very wise words and I appreciate them! And to you as well; thank you! Cher xo

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  10. September 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I am a believer in things happen for a reason. A good example is what I experienced a few weeks back. I was getting ready to leave for the day and got delayed. If I was not delayed I would have been involved in a nasty car accident. Someone or something was watching out for me and had my back. I try to count these as blessings and life lessons of experience. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Happy Day – Enjoy!

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    • September 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      That is a perfect example of timing and everything happening for a reason! I am so glad you are okay and didn’t have to endure that kind of situation! And to you as well my dear! Thank you! Cher xo


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