Well yesterday was a very snowy day in Toronto. I was in a meeting in an old beautiful building at University of Toronto. The room had windows all around and from my vantage point I could watch the snow falling and the people coming and going. It looked like a beautiful winter day; flakes drifting down (okay perhaps I’m romanticizing – they were drifting down a bit sideways) and people were walking by the window with little pyramids of snow on their heads. I really didn’t think it was that bad, after all, I’M FROM THE NORTH!
Then the meeting ended and I had to walk (WALK!) back to the hotel. It was awful. It was cold. The snow was really really wet and blowing sideways right into my face. The sidewalks and roads were ankle deep in slush. I had to keep my head down – a sure way to lower your mood.
Overnight the snow ended and it’s looks beautiful and sunny. But I should have learned yesterday that looks are deceiving. Aparently it’s minus 15 with the wind chill and in Toronto it always feels colder than Thunder Bay (unless of course it’s minus 30 in Thunder Bay then we beat you).
I have to go out now and navigate the transit system. I can’t tell you how easily I get lost. I choose to believe that it’s because I’m left-handed. My son thinks it’s because I’m missing a part of my brain – I don’t know how it was supposed to have gone missing. I have to take the subway, then a bus and then walk (WALK!) to some big complex where I have to find a building A and then wait to be escorted in. And I have to be there by a deadline. That deadline is 45 minutes from now so I better get going.
I am setting an intention – two intentions – for my day and I expect that it will all work out perfectly:
1. I am going to get 10 more Twitter followers to keep me on my goals to reach 150 by April 1.
2. I am going to have a smooth enjoyable journey to my destination. The subway will be on time and not crowded. I will get to sit down. The bus will arrive at soon as I get to the stop – but no sooner so I don’t have to run. I will know when to get off, either because I will ask the driver to tell me or I will have a miraculous revelation probably triggered by the bell-toned woman who announces each stop. I will get off the bus and – lo! there will be my colleagues right there heading to the same building so that I can just follow them.
Okay a third intention:
3. I will be smart and wide awake all day and will learn a lot. And then I’ll go and buy that Fossil purse I saw.
It’s going to be a great day.
Update: Well did my intentions work? It worked to a miraculous degree – well one is still playing out.
1. I have 7 new twitter followers so far today. The day is not over and I only need three more!
2. The subway was fine and I had a seat within two stops. Oh yeah, and the subway was there just as I reached the platform and I didn’t have to run. Then the bus arrived at the station just after I arrived so I didn’t have to run. Both of them did. LOL First I went to the bus going eastbound and the driver directed me to the right bus. That one also arrived right after I got there and when I got on there was Bharthi, my colleague, who signalled me over and gave me a seat. That was very kind of her and because my knees are so sore from so much walking, I accepted. So she knew exactly where we were going and all was well. Then on the way back, all of us took the same bus and it was easy and fun to travel together.
3. I was wide awake and bright all day. I learned a lot and quite enjoyed it. On the way home I decided to go striaght to the Eaton’s Centre to get the purse. I started thinking I would see if it came in different colors and I found one in a nice brown but it had goop on it. But it was just gum and I could easily get that off so I asked if I could get a price cut – $25 off the $105 Fossil purse.
So all in all, it was a great day….as intended.