I bought a used car recently. This car is beautiful, luxurious and comfortable as well as a representation of the abundance I see in my future. My family is blended with two girls from my previous marriage. Every other year we make a 1,000 mile round trip to meet their father at the halfway point for Christmas. There are several mountain passes and treacherous weather which make driving conditions exciting to say the least. 130 miles into the trip at 6am we started to have car trouble and by car trouble I mean we couldn’t put it in reverse. We took it in stride and continued on cautiously but my husband and I gave each other the look of knowing this trip will not be what we expected. The dashboard told us that the transmission was overheated. We got to the bottom of the pass into a very small town, added some transmission fluid and the warning message was silenced and we were off! Phew! That tragedy was averted until…the car completely shut down 20 feet later and wouldn’t restart.
I bought the vehicle 9 days ago from a local businessman who is not your stereo-typical used car salesman just like I am not your stereo-typical psychic as people often think I am joking when I tell them my profession. I needed to call Dave (not his real name) but before I did I was faced with some choices. Do I treat him like he sold me a P.O.S. disguised in metallic silver, with smells of gray leather and wood trim?? What could my children take away from this experience as a whole? Is he really that greasy salesman we all avoid, hiding behind “integrity” and a smile? I believe the choices you make today are deposits into your future. What was I going to deposit? I chose grace and compassion. Dave was very apologetic, arranged for a tow truck and shuttle to one of the nation’s largest car dealers. There were no rentals left in the area due to the holiday weekend. That large dealership was willing to let us rent their service shuttle so the girls can have Christmas with their dad! Dave even paid for the rental himself! A blue angel came and sat on the hood of our car for protection with his arms wrapped around his curled knees for the duration of our journey.
Please as you go through your holiday season, keep an open mind and love in your heart and expect the unexpected. Our 17 hour trip was extended to 23, there was not one complaint from a child OR parent! I believe the blue angel along with an attitude of thankfulness kept my mind right and reflexes fast that literally saved us from a devastating accident that happened right before our eyes! One last thing, I followed my intuition and bought the extended service plan that even covers transmissions!