When is the best time to have a flat tire? How many times has your day been totally thrown out of whack because you got a flat tire? Honestly, there really is no good time to have a flat tire.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could schedule our flats? If I could choose, I would prefer a time when I have had plenty of sleep, just finished a good meal and I am about 50 feet from the local tire repair retailer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Often, the flats come at the most inopportune times like in the middle of a thunderstorm or on the way to a very important meeting. I think we can all agree that, although these situations may be inconvenient, as long as you have a spare tire that you know how to change, you will get through it. (For those individuals who simply refuse to ever change a flat, a good emergency roadside service also accomplishes the goal.) An emergency plan tends to minimize the negative impact of the emergency.
What are some of the things that are temporary inconveniences that we allow to totally disrupt our day? Have you received a phone call or an email that had news that was unexpected or unappreciated? Of course, we all have. Those incidents create our crises. How do we handle them? We evaluate the condition, gather input from trusted resources, explore options, and then put a plan in place to deal with it.
There are times, however, when the emergency and the inconvenience could have been avoided altogether. All that was required was that we learn to read the signs. Too often, we fail to pay attention to what was going on around us or we ignore it, hoping that it will ‘work itself out.' Other times we fail to properly plan and we end up getting blindsided.
The best time to dig for water is before the drought. On the road for the family vacation is a bad time to discover the spare tire has no air. Hoping that the car will start in the evening, knowing that the car battery required a jump start to get you to work in the morning is what we call pushing our luck. Many times we will be confronted with situations that we would not have anticipated. Other times we could have checked but did not, or we simply chose to ignore the signs. The light on the fuel gauge is there for a reason. Paranoia can be discomforting – ignorance, however, can be dangerous.
Maybe we can’t schedule our flat tires but we can schedule maintenance and have the tire pressure checked and the tires rotated. Yes, they will even check the air in the spare.
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