Several years ago I read The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, MD. The book opens with the following quote:
“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
I believe the original quote is one from the Buddha: "Life is Difficult." Dr. Peck's explanation seems very apt to me this morning.
Why begin today's post with this quote? Well, as I said yesterday, the issues with my Petunia Smart Car battery / starter are going on as I write. I'm just waiting on that one.
The other issue that I became aware of yesterday afternoon:
* My Toyota Camry is parked at my friends' ranch in Loomis, CA
* It's there for my son / daughter-in-law to pick up as soon as they can (180 miles away for them) as I'm giving it to them for my granddaughters' use when they turn 16
*My friend Bob decided it had been sitting a while, so he attempted to start it - dead battery
*He jump started the battery and decided it would be a good idea to drive it a little to make sure the battery is fully charged
*While driving it in the local area he rear-ended another car! The accident was his fault - no argument there
*What to do now? I still have the car insured, which I've planned to terminate when my son takes possession
*I have $1000 deductible insurance. YIKES!
*Bob is having somebody come to the ranch to give an estimate for repair but thinks it'll be over $1000. [Of course. No repair is under the deductible, is it?]
*Hmmm. I am choosing not to get all worked up at this point. The car's paid for. If worse comes to worse, I could sell it for scrap.
*It's certainly not going to be any help at all if I sit here in Burns, Oregon trying to solve all the problems in Loomis, CA.
*Hope I can stay in this frame of mind