Earlier this week I discovered my car was leaking what I thought was anti-freeze. I called my trusted mechanic and brought my car in for repairs. Tuesday morning I received the call that my repairs would total $1,300.00. My car is 12 years old and I was planning on shopping for a new vehicle this summer. I really was not thrilled about this news.
My initial reaction to this news was aggravation and disbelief in having to spend this amount of money within four to five months of a trade-in for a new vehicle. My attitude was that of the unfairness of it all. As the day progressed I found my attitude had moved into a different direction.
Instead of focusing on the negative thoughts over my unexpected expense I thought of the amount of people depending on their older vehicles to take them to poor paying jobs with no monetary cushion to handle this expense or any hope of buying a newer car. I now focused on all the blessings in my life. I am retired so whether I could get to my part-time jobs was not essential for financial support. I realized even though I did not want to spend the money on repairs, I was in a financial circumstance allowing me the luxury to pay for these repairs. In the grand scheme of things this was merely a minor setback and inconvenience. For some this would and could have been a major catastrophe in their world.
My car will be in the shop all week. I was able to easily rearrange my schedule and find myself enjoying some much needed down time in my craft room and enjoying a good book. It is snowing outside today and I am enjoying the warmth of my home and the love and companionship of my life partner.
At the end of the day it is truly all about the attitude we bring to the table in how we see our lives. If we focus on what we have and the blessings in our life and not focus on the possible unfairness and aggravation of any situation, we are always the better for it and our life and those around us are richer for our positive attitude.