You've got a choice

So… you’re on the way to work, you’re running late already and now you have a flat tire.

*insert expletive here*

No matter what, you’ve got to deal with it:

• You’re gonna call work and let them know you’re running late with a flat tire.
• You’re gonna have to change the tire or call someone to help you change it.
• You’re gonna make it to work, eventually.


The only question left in this scenario, is:

HOW are you going to deal with the situation?

You’ve got two choices:

1. Smile. ☺
Let out a few choice cuss words. Then, laugh at the comedy of errors you’re experiencing. Forgive yourself for running late. Realize that you aren’t hurt. You haven’t hurt anyone else. All you’re out here is a tire, a rearranged work schedule and a little bit of pride. The world definitely isn’t going to fall off its axis or stop spinning because you’re late and have a flat tire. Life will go on. Ahhhhh. *smile* Call work and let them know the situation. Calmly change tire. Move on to better parts of your day.

2. Frown. ☹
Let out a few choice cuss words. Then, kick the car. Flip off the heavens. Call work to let them know what happened and yell at the receptionist, or worse, your boss. Mumble under your breath about the kids, or the alarm clock, or whatever it was that “made you late”. Get mad at the other drivers as they buzz merrily by you on the side of the road while you change the tire (without any help from them, BTW). Get in your car. Go to work. Be pissed about it the rest of the day and tell everyone you encounter what a crappy day you’re having.

Which one do you choose?

The moral of the story (Like I have to tell you this):
No matter what happens to us on a daily basis, good or bad, we’ve got a choice in how we deal with the changes life throws at us.

The “dealing” is the easy part.
It’s the “how” that’s hard.

Smiling is a choice.

(PS: this didn't actually happen... it's just a dramatization to help illustrate the point. Had I had a real flat tire, I would have posted pics of said tire AND of me laughing my butt off about it. heh.)


Minyo said...

If said tire were to really go flat, it would be best to have a properly inflated donut in the trunk. The only thing worse than one flat tire, is two flat tires.

Yes, this happened to us recently. It had a good ending and we're still smiling! (This all happened within 2 blocks of a convenience store with free air.)

Lannae said...

Happy New Year!