(Complete teps 1-3 during Week 1, then complete steps 4-20 in one helluva day)
1) Limp home in your 5-year-old car only to learn it is in need of a new transmission
2) Drive husband’s truck and have battery/starter issues
3) Drive the “backup” car and experience clutch/gear issues. Limp the backup car to your mother’s house
4) Leave backup car in mother’s driveway and borrow mother’s car to complete holiday errands
5) Stop by post office to mail holiday packages
6) Discover you don’t have enough cash to pay for the packages
7) Find out you just used your last check
8) Reach into your purse and discover husband didn’t return your debit card when he asked to borrow it
9) Remember you have another debit card, but then make sure you forget its PIN number
10) Decide to use debit card as a credit card, and then have it “refused” because you failed too many times to remember its PIN number
11) Pull out the “secret emergency” debit card for an account you’re not really supposed to use, but will, since you are now completely frustrated
12) Discover that this never-used debit card has expired
13) Convince the nice postal worker you’ll “be right back” after you go to the bank across the street and promise to return with cash to pay for the packages
14) Return mother’s car and keep fingers crossed that you will have no more car trouble while driving the still questionable backup car you just retrieved from mother’s house
15) Get some wine and decide to get the hell home
16) Get pulled over for speeding
17) Make sure you cannot find your auto insurance information anywhere in your car, wallet, or purse
18) Give the police officer your driver’s license
19) Listen to the police officer while he tells you that your driver’s license expired mere days before
20) Thank God that you can have a sense of humor, an outlook that allows you to focus on the positive, and that you live in a small town where people are nice.
When I went back to the post office to pay for my $25 shipping charge I learned the stranger in line behind me had paid my bill for me, the police officer was kind enough to only give me a verbal warning, and I now have my own “fixed” car back. When I find myself complaining (either aloud or in my head) I give my mind a slap to remind it that there is always someone out there dealing with a lot more than I am. Though my life can be momentarily stressful and I can have my share of "inconveniences", I am blessed. And I am truly grateful for that.
Take the time to be kind to strangers (and your family) and they’ll be kind in return. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.