Please know that typically, my response in this situation would be to frantically and unsuccessfully look around for a few minutes, and then proceed to flip out, cry, cuss and throw things.
Last night was different. I took a deep breath and told myself not to panic, and that I needed to search for my rings in a calm, collected manner. Although there were still a few tears involved, I managed to scour a good portion of the parking lot without completely losing it. After an hour and a half of searching and people staring at me wondering why I was walking around like a lost child, I decided to give up and go home. I was very proud of the way I handled myself but of course really upset that I had lost my wedding rings...
This morning I sadly trudged to work hoping and praying that somehow, miraculously, my rings would show up. As I got out of my car, to my shock, I found myself staring at my wedding band, stuck in the ice a few feet away from where I had parked. Never have I had a bigger smile on my face. I pried the ring from the ice and looked up to find my engagement ring laying not too far away. Honestly, this may have been one of the happiest moments in my life. I think I ran all the way from my car to my desk to tell everyone the good news.
Every situation life throws at you is an opportunity to learn something about yourself. I can't say I'm glad it happened, but I am glad I was given the opportunity to change my bad behaviors!