I already told you how excited I was to dump 2013 and move on to better things in 2014. We greeted the New Year, as a family, with friends, excitement and fanfare! Among my favorite moments, was toasting the words we had chosen for the year. There were lots of thought-provoking words in this small group of friends. Since this is my blog, I only feel at liberty to share mine with you. I chose the word: Abundance. For me, that means I look at where I am right this moment and recognize all the ways I already have abundance in my life. That, of course, is paired with doing what is necessary to attract more of these good people, things and opportunities in my life. As far as New Year’s Eves go, it was practically perfect in every way. It was full of smiles, expectation and optimism all around.
That lasted for about 80 minutes.
I wish I was kidding.
We left our friends’ home to drive to our place. It was to be about a 45 minute drive. Someone in the oncoming lane had their bright lights on, which blinded Jeremy from seeing the road angle around the spot where the median started. So, he hit the curb and flattened both tires on the driver’s side instantly. I called for Mazda roadside assistance. They said they’d send a tow truck and that I should get a text message with the ETA shortly. We waited for about 40 minutes without hearing anything, so we accepted our friends’ gracious offer to let us stay in their guest room and on their couches for the night. I called Mazda to cancel the tow truck. It was about 2:00am when we got the kids tucked in and headed to bed ourselves. I received at text at 2:17am that indicated the tow truck was expected to arrive at 4:40am. So I called the towing company to make sure they knew we had cancelled the request. The dispatcher must have been having a crazy night because she couldn’t get me off the phone fast enough. She hung up without verifying which job I was canceling, but promised to return my call in a couple minutes. Needless to say, I didn’t hear back from her!
It’s New Years Day, so all the tire stores and the Mazda dealership are closed-as they should be! After pancakes for Jeremy and the kids and coffee plus a delicious green smoothie for me, our friend offered to drive us home. Fantastic! A shower sounded wonderful. I was ready.
We pulled into the driveway only to discover that neither of us had taken our house keys because we had left through the garage door. That garage door opener was still across town! We had diligently locked up the entire house, including every last window. Now, there WAS another garage door opener inside Jeremy’s truck. But that also was all locked up tight-and the truck keys were in the house. Because, after all, we were taking my car.
We tried everything. Our previous neighbor just finished dog-sitting for us on Christmas Day and I was hopeful that they’d left our key at their house, but it was safe and sound with them on their trip. We tried picking locks. We tried windows. Jeremy called roadside assistance to come open his truck. We waited quite a while for the locksmith to arrive. And he struggled a bit to get the door unlocked, but finally we got into the truck, then into the garage and into the house!
Tomorrow, they’ll tow my car and replace both tires. All of which is covered under Roadside Assistance and my Warranty.
It’s frustrating to go through something like that and feel like you’re exhausting all of your options and getting nowhere. It’s easy for negative thinking to creep in and decide that 2014 is going to be just another hard year. But I realized something very important.
We had everything we needed and then some. We had abundance.
We have fantastic friends, who were so eager to help and showed kindness upon kindness. We had a warm, comfortable place to sleep and eat in the morning. We had not one, but two Roadside Assistance plans to help us out and a warranty to cover the tires. We had two neighbors who were willing to loan us what we needed to try to get into the house or have a place to go. All of that on top of the possibility, that something far worse could have happened to us on the road last night. I had everything I needed and then some.
I love that it’s like that with grace. For grace to be applied, it isn’t earned or deserved by the recipient. Even so, there is more than enough grace for our undeserving selves. It doesn’t run out. There is plenty to go around. In the New Year’s Day incident, Mazda will absorb the cost of the mistake of hitting the curb. Toyota will cover the cost of being locked out of the truck. Our friends covered us as host/hostess for the night. We don’t deserve that favor. And that makes it so precious.