In the mist of the positive thinking ONLY craze which invaded humanity to the point that we deny luck, fate and historical facts that support the existence of both, and stating from the beginning that I believe in luck and fate, however I also believe in trying to make the best of a bad situation. Humor and stepping out of your misery help too:)
Today is January 30. My real estate taxes are not paid and tomorrow is the last day, actually half day!
I concluded to go to the tax office today and I am number 7 in line. After 45 minutes it was my turn!!! I got to the tax collector’s desk, personal check in hand, she says: ” Sorry, no personal checks, bank checks only, didn’t you READ on the door?” I begged her. I have a brace on my right wrist and she had mercy on me, just this ONE time. She tells me the amount. I almost faint! They reassessed the value of my house the tax is about $200 more than I expected.
Lessons I learned: do not procrastinate and to do your chores in a timely manner, and open your mail, READ your bills, even the small print and what’s written on an office door, for Heaven’s sake!!!.
Oh, but this was the beginning. Now, with the unexpected increase in the tax payment I had to drive 25 miles to my bank to deposit money. Yes, I am faithful to by bank and the nearest was 25 miles away! I programmed my GPS and here I sped on the highway. (within legal limits, of course)
Suddenly, my front car hood pops up taken my front visibility completely. In other words, I saw RED, the color of my car! In such life and death situations one has to think quickly! I turned on my right signal and pulled on the side. I was alive!
I checked the hood and at first thought it was a simple matter of not securing the… you know what I mean, when I last put windshield liquid in. I tred to slam it hard, (I mean the hood) to show it who’s the boss, damn hood! Nothing, it did not respond. I look more carefully to discover the problem, which was much more serious and needed body work! Great, I was in the middle of the highway, and my checks were going to bounce if I didn’t make it on time! Dead or alive, who cared, my bills should not bounce!
Thank God, I am inventive and also a little off…I checked the back of my car and found my dog’s leash.
I found two solid anchors inside the hood and secured the hood with the dog leash!
Lesson I learned: Get a dog and keep his leash inside your car!
Okay, in 40 miles an hour, hazards on, I made it to the bank and deposited the checks. Now at least if I died on the way back home, there was enough for funeral expenses and taxes were paid!
At this moment of great lucidity I had to make a life or death decision. Was I going to venture back home with the hazards on and the hood secured by the dog leash, or do the sane thing and go to the nearest body shop!!!!!
I am not going to disclose my decision, but the lesson I recommend is, do the right thing by YOUR standards!
I’d appreciate if you would take a moment to share with us what would you have done under the circumstances??? Only please, if you disagree with what I have done, or a person that shares, do not call us names. I am sensitive and take it personally.
The last lesson: Don’t judge other, we don’t know their real motivation, so please be kind!
My next post will address New Year’s Resolutions. Do we really keep them? Why we do or don’t.