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When Things Don’t Go Your Way…

It was 6:25 am when I left San Francisco to head to Vermont to keynote the women’s conference Zest Fest.  My Virgin America flight to Boston went smoothly enough, and in spite of the gusty winds, dense fog, and heavy rain, the plane landed with just a few bumps. But it turns out I only had an hour to transfer to my connecting flight, a little puddle jumper that would take me to Lebanon, New Hampshire, where the conference coordinator would pick me up and drive me to Fairlee, Vermont.

Unfortunately, because the puddle jumper airline didn’t have luggage transfer privileges with Virgin America, that meant going to baggage claim, picking up my luggage, checking in with Cape Air, going back through security and making it to the airline in time (good luck!)

Fortunately, my bag was the first off at baggage claim, and I’m a pretty fast runner, so I made it to Cape Air just in time to find out that my flight was delayed…probably indefinitely. The plane was still stuck at another airport where the weather was also bad. And puddle jumper Cessnas just don’t do so well in bad weather.

So, luggage in hand, I found a bus that, for $38 and three hours of driving, would drop me at the Lebanon, New Hampshire airport with unexpected free WIFI as a bonus. Problem solved.

The bus arrived as planned, I got on, they took my luggage, and I settled in with my kale chips. Only the bus driver dropped us at the bus station and told us we had to go in to buy tickets. So I went in, bought my ticket, and when I came back, the bus was gone. With my luggage.

By this time, it was 7:30 pm. It had already been a long day, and I was tired and looking forward to relaxing in my lakefront hotel before speaking at the conference. So, in my old life, this is right around when I would have started truly melting down.

I remember a time about five years ago when, after a 72 hour call shift, this poor kid at a grocery store couldn’t manage to swipe my granola. And I just lost it and ripped him a new asshole. I remember saying, “If I did my job the way you did your job, there’d be dead people everywhere.”

That’s when I knew I had to quit my job.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities - and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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11:10PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Glad you finally chilled out!

2:31AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Sometimes I managed this, but mostly I am still working on it!

1:24PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

I hope I can be as zen as you when the time comes. Thanks, again, Lissa.

4:26PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Not workin' for ya ... take a new tack. Repeat this remedy until relief is attained.

12:07AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Thanks Lissa, for your positivity and your post!

10:21AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

thanks for the inspiration. I'm not so calm when things don't go my way but I know with practice I can do better. I will have to do better for all those reasons you mentioned (cortisol, BP, etc, etc, etc).

7:39AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

things generally work out well--even when there's a disaster, positive results occur.

5:38AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Some days are just like that, its how we react to those situations.

5:36AM PST on Nov 17, 2011


5:25AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

great post

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Yes, and it is difficult

thanks 4 the reminder !

You can get nice little reusable water bottles that squash flat for packing. Mine has Mario and Lui…

Poor baby! Tired and asleep ;)


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