I got a flat tire today and I’m grateful, here’s why
Perspective is everything. I woke up this morning and it was like any other day. I always have a million things to do and today was no different. Since I am a busy working mom, I spend my mornings making breakfast, getting my son’s lunch ready, and get us both ready to start the day. Then just like every other day, I drove him to preschool before starting my own work day. Sounds like a normal morning, right?
While driving, I was thinking about gratitude and all that I am grateful for in life. I was thinking about how I could frame a blog post differently about gratitude and how this might resonate with my readers. This is typically morning stuff for me. This is because once I work it all out in my head, then I go back to my office and type it all out, revise, edit, and well you get the jist. The magic happens.
So on this specific day, I arrive at the school and take my son in and drop him off. Again, this is just like any other day. Then I come out and start the car, prepare to leave the parking lot when clearly I notice it is not a smooth ride. ‘Oh no’, I thought to myself. ‘But I have so much to do today’, I had thought to myself. Then after the initial shock of, ‘Oh crap, I have a flat tire’, I calmed myself down and thought rationally about the situation. My husband works about an hour away so calling him was out of the question. So I called my brother who works pretty close to the school where I was parked and asked him if he could make it over on his lunch break to change my tire. Unfortunately, I am not equipped to change a tire and so I needed the help and was not afraid to ask for it.
I created a strategy in my head of how the tire would get changed, how I would go about getting a new one and get back to school in time to pick up my son and started re-planning my day accordingly. My workday was interrupted, meetings were canceled, session appointments rescheduled, but it was all okay.
I realized when my brother came to help I was extremely grateful that not only was he able to come help me, but that my flat tire happened in the most likely of places, my son’s school. I am so grateful that it happened after I dropped off my son so he was inside all toasty warm, playing with his friends and that it happened in a safe place. I am grateful that I have an awesome family and support system from which to call upon when I need help. Also, I was grateful that my brother came to my rescue quicker than lunch time and I was out of there in a jiffy and on my way to getting a new tire. See? It’s all about perspective. I was able to think about how horrible it could have been if I was on the highway, with my son in the car and far away from others to help me.
I realized that life happens and we are not always prepared for what life throws at us. Yes, my simple little tire story is maybe just a little blip in life. But, this can be applied to bigger situations that I look back on and realize have an impact on how we see things and how we deal with things that may be less than stellar.
Nugget: We do not have control over every little thing that happens in our life, but we do have control over how we react/respond to it.
I realize that people are dealing with bigger challenges than just a flat tire, but out of the situation, what insight or gratitude can you glean from it?
This reminds me of a story of a former client of mine. Her favorite aunt was diagnosed with cancer and initially, the family rallied around to help her get to her treatments because she could not drive. My client ended up moving in with her aunt for six months to help her aunt when other family members backed out of helping on a regular basis because it was “too much” for them to do regularly. At first, my client was resentful of these other family members for backing out. However, as a result of her move, two crazy but wonderful things happened. When sitting with her aunt at her chemotherapy treatments regularly, she met a new love interest who was there supporting his own family member. Also, because she had changed her work schedule to help her aunt, she was on a different work shift which opened her up to working with different people. This shift in her work status got her acquainted with a different shift supervisor and management team. The supervisor had been planning to leave so the spot had opened up and the incredible work she had done on this new shift, she was given a promotion and asked to sit in on management team meetings. Now, would this or could this have happened any other way? I cannot answer that. But, it did happen and if her aunt did not have cancer, and if she had not been asked to “shift” to help out, would she have been in a situation to gain these new life opportunities? I cannot answer that either.
But it did happen. So by acknowledging that “life happens” and looking for the positives in every situation this is how we can grow and learn from all situations, even the ones we think are crappy. Nobody wants anything bad to happen to themselves, or their loved ones, but many of these situations are out of our control. So how do we handle them?
Nugget: What are we grateful for in the midst of chaos brings out our true character.
I hope this post helps you to think about gratitude in a different light.
May you be grateful today for wonderful things, and all the things that may come from things less wonderful.
In love and light,
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