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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. It happened on December 23rd, so it wasn't on a day when more stores are closed. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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?

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