I awoke eager and excited for my appointment to meet with the Director of Public Works for my county. I had contacted him after hearing him on NPR Radio talking about waste and how they have pledged to reduce our dependency on landfills by 90% by 2030. Wow, that was quite a big goal for a local government run municipality. After months of sitting on the idea, I contacted him to set up an appointment and learn more.
I was so proud of myself for following through and finally making that call. When I spoke with him on the phone, I had my calendar up and ready to enter in the appointment time and did when we sat a date. I paid special attention to this as I have a tendency to not do the details and forget important things. Not this time. I was ready.
Finally the day came. I opened up my calendar early that morning to double-check the time of my appointment and it wasn’t there. The calendar only had and untitled event with no details. What the heck?! I know I typed it all in while I was on the phone with him. Was there an error in the software? Was it my old blueprint trying to rear it’s head? It didn’t matter. I wasn’t going to let this stop me, so I called him up to confirm the time. 1:30pm was really standing out in my head. I left him a voicemail and waited for him to call back. He called me about 10:30am and I explained what happened. He said, “Well, we’re supposed to be meeting now.” Face palm.
I apologized, he understood and we rescheduled for the following week.
At first I was pretty upset with myself and started to get that old blueprint attitude again, but then I realized that I know I put the date in. The fact that it wasn’t there was out of my control and happened for a reason. And sure enough it would turn out that I had to take my daughter in for her allergy shot for that week and it was the last day with in our time frame to do it.
I also learned a valuable lesson of double checking/confirming your appointments the day before. I was happy that I was able to just roll with it and make it all work out in the end. I didn’t let it bother me or get me down and even was open to learning a few lessons along the way.