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No vacation is perfect. Inevitably something will go wrong. Aside from real tragedies (which, fortunately, are rare) most vacation hassles are about inconvenience, bad weather and minor mishaps -- all temporary, none life-changing.
Predicaments such as delayed flights, sold-out attractions, small injuries and unexpected downpours can ruin your vacation if you allow your inner brat to gripe and grumble over every annoyance.
Instead, try this: Take a picture. Capture mishaps. They may turn out to be your most precious and amusing memories.
I recall a sweltering summer day many years ago, when we ran out of gas on highway because my husband was sure we had enough to bypass one rest stop and get to next. He was right - almost. We made it just past sign that said, "Fuel, Food: 2 miles." Instead of yelling at him with a thousand I-told-you-sos, I wish I had taken a picture of him standing in front of that sign, apologetically holding an empty gas can. It would have been perfect souvenir from our trip.
If you happen to encounter frustrations on your upcoming vacation, get out your camera and take a picture. Looking through lens will give you a less emotional, more objective view of situation. Plus, you’ll have a souvenir that will later remind you that crises have a way of working themselves out.
Copyright Pauline Wallin Ph.D., 2005
-------------------------------------- Pauline Wallin, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Camp Hill, PA, and author of "Taming Your Inner Brat: A Guide for Transforming Self-defeating Behavior" (Wildcat Canyon Press, 2004)
Visit http://www.innerbrat.com for more information, and subscribe to her free, monthly Inner Brat Newsletter.