Thankfulness. Thankful in every situation. I have been challenged to re-establish my attitude with a heart set on being grateful and it’s funny how when you do this, situations come that will stretch that desired focus to it’s limit.
On Thursday I was traveling into Seoul to celebrate a close friend’s birthday. Everything was going well, I wasn’t late and the air conditioning was pleasant as I made my way along one of the main highways. Towards the end I noticed the clutch was not springing back as it normally would and in the end I had to take off my sandal and grip it with my toes to pull it back out! Not worrying too much about that I reached the center of the city and that is when it happened. I could not get the car out of gear… Horns soon were blaring their disgust as I was caught in peak hour traffic and was stuck. I quickly put on my hazard lights (which pretty much means you can do anything in your car here!) and found a space behind an island in the middle of a road – three lanes on either side, whizzing past me with noone noticing or stopping. I sat there stunned.
A quick message to my husband via FB showed that he was busy and was not going to respond immediately and I chose not to worry my friends because that would spoil their dinner so I ended up in a very random chat with my mum all the way in New Zealand! Hubby finally responded and gave me the insurance number and policy I needed and that is where the situation went down hill further. After three attempts to contact our insurance I realized that the speaker on my phone was also not working! Yikes, what to do – oh yeah did I remind you that it was 31C as well?
I had about an hour’s wait and I could have been worked up and crying (which can often be my default setting when in stressful situations) but I found myself thankful. Remembering my effort to give thanks in all situations. I was thankful that my son was not with me (and I was very close to taking him with me), thankful for friends who are a huge support and a husband who was cool and calm and checking on me as best he could.
In the end my friends and Hubby contacted the insurance for me and the tow truck driver came to my rescue in record time! There were a few things lost in translation but I kept my cool. I drove back in the tow truck and laughed the whole way. What more could I do?
**Thankfulness is built on a substructure of trust. When thankful words stick in your throat (don’t come out easily), it is time to check up on your foundation of trust.