No, I haven’t disappeared or fallen into a black hole. I’m still here. Just taking a much needed break. I’ve had a lot of personal things going on in my life this month and I’ve needed to back away from things and take a breath or two. I’m hoping the new year will bring a little bit of calm that December decided I didn’t need.
One of the things that happened, recently, was an unexpected negative thing that could have been so much worse but wasn’t. My only current vehicle is my SUV. My Prius’s hybrid battery died in November and, as it’s out of warranty, it’s going to cost me $2k to replace and I don’t have that right now. So, my old reliable Yukon XL, my baby, has been pleased as punch to be getting to drive us all around again. This past Friday night we went to see Star Wars for a second time, and, after we left and I opened my side of the SUV, I saw pieces of my steering column sitting in my seat and my steering wheel naked and exposed, violated. We called the police and the movie theater gave us free tickets but nothing makes up for having to call a tow truck at midnight and knowing that since there were no video cameras pointed in the direction we had parked, the likelihood of finding the perpetrator is next to impossible. The good news is that there was nothing in the SUV of value so nothing was taken. It looks like they were trying to steal the vehicle itself but probably stopped when a movie let out and people started leaving the theater. We were parked about 50-75 feet from the box office so it isn’t as if our vehicle can’t be seen when we exit. We’ve been going to this theater since it opened years ago and there’s never been any issues of this sort that we know of. Thankfully, the theater itself is moving into a new building around the corner from where it’s at now and there is a much larger, much brighter lit parking lot with lots of video cameras everywhere. So far we’ll be out about $600. A locksmith is coming to replace a part on the ignition because the person who tried to steal the car jammed something into the ignition and broke pins on the inside so I can’t turn my key at all. Then we had to pay for towing because our insurance company was NOT open to calls and so we were unable to use the roadside assistance option we pay extra for. We’re going to have to have the lock on the driver’s door fixed because that was punched in with something. But no windows were busted and the car wasn’t stolen. It could have been so much worse.
But it wasn’t.
We still have our SUV and are only out less than a thousand dollars, and we had the money when we needed it. We were not in the tornadoes that hit just east of us Saturday night though we had friends (who are safe and sound) who were. The devastation from that is dreadful and will take a few years to recover from. Our bills are paid, we have food and clothing and a roof over our heads, and we’re all mostly healthy. (A few of us have colds but nothing major.) We have so very much to be thankful for going into the new year.
But there are a lot of people who don’t.
There are people who need things, both in your community and out of it. There are opportunities all around you to give a little of the blessings you have to someone who needs a blessing in their lives. All you have to do is look around you and really see the need.
Sometimes things happen, and it’s not because of karma or anything else. It just happens. Bad things happen to both good people and wayward people. That’s when it feels as if the weight of the world drops down on you and you think “why bother?” I could have easily have let the fact that my car was nearly stolen get me down, but I didn’t. And I can’t even tell you why it doesn’t bother me as much as it should. The thought keeps running through my head that it could have been worse. It could have been worse, but it wasn’t. This negative wasn’t as negative as it could have been and I see it more as a reminder that things happen but we CHOOSE how we deal with things. The incredible thing is I feel more positive instead of negative about it. Really, there’s nothing I can do about what happened. It was out of my control. But I can CHOOSE how I react, and I choose to react positively about it. There was a time when I wouldn’t have done that. My depression would have forced me to retreat further into myself and think I had done something to deserve it. But not now. I choose to see this differently. And maybe that makes all the difference.
We are days away from beginning a new year. You get to choose how you enter it. I’m a firm believer that we carry all the baggage from the old year with us into the new one. So why not let go of it and begin with a new attitude? Enter this next year with hope and CHOOSE to think positively no matter how hard it is. You CAN do it.
I believe in you.
Happy Holidays everyone.