“Loss gives us a chance for an upgrade.” ~ Jacinta M
Some time in December 2000, I flew from Kosovo to the UK and dropped off 10 suitcases of my “stuff,” at a friend’s house in London. I then proceeded to Uganda to be with my family for Christmas. I had been accepted by the University of Hull, where I was to begin pursing an MBA in January 2001.
The 10 suitcases included all the stuff I had accumulated during the two years I had worked in Kosovo–with the United Nations. In the suitcases were jewelry worth thousands of dollars, classy suites, dresses, shoes, crafts and a large music system. My friend Jeff promised to store my stuff in his house until I returned from Uganda.
A few days after arriving in Uganda, I called Jeff just to check in. We spoke briefly and he promised to call me back as soon he got home, but he never did. I waited for a few days and called him back and got his voice mail. A week before I traveled back to England, I called him everyday because he had also promised to pick me up from the airport, but his phone was off. When I got to London, I went straight to his apartment and his brother opened the door. “Jeff is not here and please do not come back here looking for him.” His brother screamed and then slammed the door closed. I went back several times to try and get my stuff, and the brother promised to kill me if I showed up at his door again.
Long story short, I lost everything. All I had was a small back-pack with a tooth brush, a pair of sneakers, a pair of jeans, a tee-shirt and a few other things.
Why am I Telling YOU this Story?
I was sad for about a week, and then let it go. In a few weeks, I realized that losing my stuff was actually a blessing in disguise. I didn’t have enough space in my hostel room to store more than a suitcase. I was a student and had to dress and live like one. So, if I had all those suitcases it would be more of an inconvenience. And having no clothes gave me a chance to buy more trendy fashions that were also suitable for students. This is when I came up with the quote, “Loss gives us a chance for an upgrade.”
From then on, I wrote many quotes to reflect on whatever was going on in my world. When I read these quotes, they do not only inspire, but also humble me to remember that there is something bigger than my person-hood that’s in control of my life. I also realize that beyond my human knowledge, Grace, has my back.
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