Inconvenience and Inspiration

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.


1Comment
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 10:03h, 25 January

    I absolutely love your newsletter. It always holds surprises and a lot of helpful information by the articles you include. Thank you so much for sharing your enthusiasm not only for the Foundaiton but for the events, businesses and organizations in Grant County.
    “Sunshine”