Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Aligning My Life

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending most of our last day of 2012 at the auto mechanic (if you have never got to spend an entire afternoon waiting at the mechanic...you obviously are missing out)...

Several months ago I was on my way to work and came around a corner to discover a dog dashing out into the road. I'm an animal lover and hate to see any animal die unnecessarily (except snakes..it's game on for those suckers!). Anyway, in a split second I made the decision to swerve to miss the dog instead of running it over. It was then that I discovered that the curb was much closer and much larger than I expected it to be. I hit the curb and when I got to work I noticed I had busted up the hub cap pretty good.

I knew something was wrong, but like a lot of us....I ignored it. The car shook when I hit 60+ mph and it pulled to the right a pretty good amount. So I avoided the interstate as much as possible and put it off as long as I could. Going to the mechanic is like going to the dentist...I'm always afraid they're going to discover something that is going to hurt.

It wasn't until a month or so ago that I began to notice that the tires on the right side were TERRIBLY worn down on the outside edge that I knew I needed something done ASAP. So we waited until Christmas was over and I had got my Christmas bonus to get it taken care of.

So 4 new tires...an alignment and an oil change later...and we're up to date on our vehicular maintenance. Driving home from the mechanic you could tell a COMPLETE difference in the handling of the car. It feels like a brand new car...even on the interstate!

I can't help but think about how our lives are the same way. Sometimes we run into something hard...for my car it was a curb. It could be: failing a test, not getting that raise, a relative or friend dying. We all have things that we don't see coming and we hit them it hurts.

Those things knock our lives out of alignment. We lose our focus and when we try to get going...things get shaky. We can live our lives this way for awhile, but after awhile we begin to see signs of the damage. Our tires wore down unevenly and was another sign that something was wrong. We can only ignore it for so long before it must be fixed or we'll end up stranded on the side of the road.

My life the past few months has been that way too. I've been being pulled off course for whatever the reason is. I let things take my eyes off the things that are important to me. The things that help me be a better husband, father and employee.

Sometimes I wish there were a mechanic for life...it'd make things much easier! It may be the start of the New Year that's caused me to think like this...but I don't want to live that way anymore. I want to function how I'm supposed to. I want to be organized. I want to be consistent. I want to be a better father, husband and employee.

Here's to 2013 being the best year ever!

1 comment:

  1. Organization is so hard. I find writing things down is the best way to stay organized (for me). Life is hard but you've got this! Happy New Year!