Being Blessed By A Flat Tire
We had a little bit of an adventure this past Christmas weekend. We are on the way to see my mom, driving on the interstate when my rear tire basically completely shreds. I spend an hour an a half going to buy myself a Christmas present of 4 new tires, not what I was expecting. While that is usually the type of thing that most people, myself included, would be very annoyed by I was surprised how aware I was of the many blessings I saw in the situation:
- Having a tire blow out while going 70 mph could be a very dangerous thing. I never felt like we were in any danger, I was easily able to keep it under control and get to a safe location.
- It happened right before an exit ramp so I was able to pull off and change the tire without having to worry about vehicles screaming by me.
- The exit was the road that is the back way to my mom's house so I was able to drive slower on the spare tire and arrived in about 15 minutes.
- It happened on December 23rd, so it wasn't on a day when more stores are closed.
- We had more traveling to do, if it had been a day later we could have been a lot further from a tire store, if we could find one open on Christmas Eve that is.
- The tires that fit our van happened to be on sale, buy 3 get 1 free. I was going to need new tires pretty soon anyway, this way I saved some money.
- I went to a store that we also have in my hometown, which is nice when I get free tire rotations that I can actually take advantage of.
This was a weekend when I remembered the saying, "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters." Bad things will happen. It isn't a matter of if but when. Keep a cool head and recognize that it very well could be a lot worse. Blessings are provided to us every day, are we looking for them or do we just want to be annoyed and frustrated?