2 Things Deception Can Teach You
A picture is worth a thousand words or a thousand lies.
Lately, I've been working ALOT, more than usual. In retrospect I've been more tired than normal, but nonetheless I am thankful for my portion. In light of constantly working, I decided to take a sabbatical/getaway. I went to Ashville, NC not too close and not too far from my residence. In the planning stages of this trip, I viewed a variety of hotels. As I desired something nice and safe, as I am a traveling single! I found an affordable hotel for a 2 night getaway. I looked at pictures, viewed it on Google Maps, read reviews and made my choice. Also, I'd like to note that I've had pleasant past experiences at their other hotels so I took that into account while making my choice.
Today's the day. As I journey to my hotel taking the scenic route viewing God's creation. I finally arrive. I see the hotel sign and I pull in. Ugh, this is where I'm staying, y'all this is not somewhere I would stay, definitely not again, it was safe but still. Those pictures were completely deceptive, well, the room resembles the picture just not the exterior, OMG! I went to check in and the place reeked of smoke (it was supposed to be a non-smoking facility) That's strike one. I can deal with the exterior, but the smoke smell I can't stand let alone stomach. The front desk person was awful, impersonal and unwelcoming, that's strike two. Strike three occurred when I arrive to my non-smoking room upon request and it smells, but not of smoke. I think it came from the carpet. Yuck. Oh, there's more. The bed was hard and my back certainly feels it!
However, two things became revelation upon my stay. The first being, what's on the surface isn't always. Although something looks good, doesn't mean it is good. Even though I was aware of this, experiencing it took it to another level. The hotel pictures and descriptions were half-truths, aka they were lies! They served their purpose, they were meant to persuade me to purchase and they did just that. But hey, I lived and learned. The second revelation being, everything is temporary. The bed I slept in was the least bit comfortable, my back is asking me why I did such a thing! But guess what? My stay is temporary, joy and comfort will come in the morning! Consequences happen do to decisions made, they can be pleasant or unpleasant, but know that it's only temporary just as this life also. Live your life with purpose and enjoy the journey.
"You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure." Psalm 39:5