24 Jan Inconvenience and Inspiration
So, I did something really, really exciting last week. I walked into the bank, wrote a check, and paid off my car early! It’s been a goal of mine for a couple of years now, and I can’t tell you how good it felt to know that next month’s budget doesn’t include a car payment.
Now, call it what you will: coincidence, fate, the law of the universe… But this week, I walked into the auto shop to get my oil changed, and drove away in a rental car. Apparently, the extent of repairs my car needed made it unsafe for me to drive it off the lot. I’m still waiting for a phone call that tells me to pay a hefty bill to get my paid-for car back. Sigh. At least I have a car to drive.
On Tuesday morning, I woke up in my cozy warm bed, thankful for my electric blanket in these single-digit temperatures. But, when I made my way to the bathroom…no water. Frozen pipes. Though my rock-star landlord spent an hour with a blow dryer unfreezing the pipes, we forgot about the bathtub drain. So, we have running water, but with the drain ice-blocked in the bathtub, we can’t use the shower. Sigh. At least Mom and Dad live close so I can use their’s.
Yep, it’s a great day for a pity party. But then again, maybe not. A friend of mine called today to tell me about Sterling Cleveland. (Awesome name, right?) Sterling is doing a Walk Across America for Diabetes, and today, he’s right here in Grant County on our very own Cardinal Greenway! Sterling has a list on his website of 22 reasons why he’s doing this walk. They include: To raise money for Diabetes research and services, Face my dislike of cold weather, Want to test myself, To become a better man & person. Wow. I like the one about becoming a better person. Just think, he put himself in a situation where he couldn’t use his own car or shower to raise awareness and help others! Talk about perspective.
I’m not sure I can turn my little bit of inconvenience into an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause, but I can turn it into an opportunity to learn something. Maybe I’m learning that with the right attitude, even when things get rough, I can still become a better person…if I choose to.
I think Sterling needs to add “Inspire others” to his list. I’m inspired. I hope you are too.