Chris Newcomb, M.Div.
About 3 or 4 months ago, my car got side-swiped when I was at lunch during the work week. I came back to my car to find a basketball size dent in the back rear panel. There was a note left by the perpetrator with a promise to pay immediately. I was relieved!
They lied. My insurance company tried to track them down and could not. I was stuck with the bill. I was not a happy camper.
Fast forward to about 2 weeks ago. I was driving to work and a rock shot up from the road and struck the front windshield leaving a crack. Within about two days of that incident, during a snowstorm, I wrecked my car going 10mph. I turned into the slide and pumped the breaks just as I had been taught but to no avail. I slammed into an embankment. The front of my car was crushed. My automotive discontent increased tenfold!
Up to this point, my car started to feel like a piece of junk! It looked ratty and nasty. Feeling resentful and unwilling to pay to get it fixed, I just continued to drive it. Until the embankment. Then I had to face the music. It had to be fixed. I got a rental. They gave me a mini-van. My failure was complete.
Have you ever had something go wrong in your life and you could have stopped it, changed it, or contested it? And then, for whatever reason, you didn't take action and the consequences weren't favorable and you got stuck with it? That's what happened to me with my car. I waited too long to deal with an issue that had started months prior. I got stuck with it.
In recovery, addicts and alcoholics cannot afford to wait to deal with issues as they arise. The reason is that stress increases the chance of emotional volatility, which increases the risk of relapse. In other words, you can't hold on to it. You have to get rid of it.
Tonight, I picked up my car. The new front end looks great. The brand new windshield is crack-free. And the dent left by the perpetrator? It is now smooth as glass. My car looks great. It feels new again. I got tired of dealing with it so I took action. After all, what you allow is what will continue. What are you allowing to continue in your life that needs to change?
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