The Wednesday before Christmas, I got rear ended. Stopped at a red light, eight cars in front of me, this dude’s not paying attention and slams into my back end. No worries. I’m fine. It was fine. I mean, yes. My back end is toast and it was a little inconvenient, and I probably could've spent my Christmas break cursing the injustice of it all, but I didn’t. I was weirdly okay with it.
1) Everyone was fine. My kids, my mom. Everyone in the other car—FINE. Could have been so much worse.
2) It happened while I was on Christmas break. I didn’t have to go to work the next day. I didn’t really have to go anywhere. And I had the time to make necessary phone calls, take the car to the body shop, get a rental. Had this happened any other time of the year, I might be a bit more stressed about the whole thing, but it happened at a most convenient time.
3) And I know this is horrible to say, but if my kids have to experience an accident, this is the one. Yeah, they were scared and crying and I HATED that, but now they sort of know what to expect.
4) I had my accident on a Wednesday. Did not pick up a rental car until Tuesday. I went six days without a car and lived to tell about it. In the near future, I may find myself without a car. Great lesson in living without. And I learned I don’t really need a car. Well, not too often anyway.
5) And the rental car? Town and Country with all kinds of cool goodies and gadgets and heated seats and ohmygosh HEATED SEATS. It’s amazing what little things will make you feel like the Princess of Euphoria.
Yeah, okay. So the accident was a little inconvenient. And it was not at all my fault. I could’ve been all Negative Nancy about it but really, people. What good does that do? And as I was thinking about the New Year’s resolutions I always make and break, I decided this year to try what was so easy for me over the Christmas holiday: find the silver lining. Some times this will be easy. Many times this will probably be my most challenging resolution yet. But I’m going for it.
Happy New Year, peeps. May you have a wildly productive and successful 2012. And may you be able to look for the silver lining. Even when everything looks dark and dingy and completely and utterly black, the silver lining's there somewhere. See if you can find it.
How about YOU? Make any New Year’s resolutions this year?