Saturday, February 1, 2014

Car troubles--not a reason to panic

Talk about a frustrating week.

On Sunday I went to start my car, but all I heard were a series of clicks. The next day I was flying out of town for business, so I had to arrange a ride to the airport and a tow truck to take the car to the repair shop. The tow truck dropped off the car across the street from the repair shop; I had to call back and have it towed across the street for $45. Turns out it was the battery. A couple hundred dollars later, I discovered when I returned home that my muffler was hanging low—my muffler brackets had snapped. What I thought might be a quick weld repair turned into a much more expensive job.

Argh.

Throughout the entire experience, I remained relatively calm. Before Recovery, I would have been in a full-blown panic. With my Recovery training, however, I’ve become much more of a realist. Cars break down. Multiple things can go wrong. These sort of problems are average for an older vehicle.

And among all of the things that can go wrong in daily life, this is certainly a triviality—an expensive triviality to be sure, but not something to risk my mental health.

Among the tools Recovery teaches its members is the mantra, “Expect frustrations every five minutes and you won’t be disappointed.” To someone not trained in Recovery language, this may seem pessimistic. Yet when experiencing a series of unfortunate events, such thoughts help keep me grounded and in control of my emotions.

12 comments:

azil said...

'Recovery' is a new thing for me but I'm interested in learning more. Thanks for sharing! :)

Evelyn Martha said...

The person becomes nervous , he is subjected to unpleasent feelings. Fear and anxiety are not the same thing. Fear is something which is realistic but anxiety is a feeling of different emotions like fear, uneasiness and other negative emotions.

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Nannette Henriquez said...
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Tea with OCD said...

Thanks for sharing. Recovery is my goal and now I continue to use humor in certain situations.

Tim said...

fear of fear is so devastating. Challenging your thoughts will help.

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Doug said...

Thank you everyone for your comments.

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Nannette Henriquez said...

How's your car now, Doug? Keeping one's calm while facing such inconvenience is not an easy thing to do. Kudos to you for being cool with things. Replacing a dead battery is rather easy; however, your muffler is a different story. I hope you consider bringing in your car to trusted car repair shops at least once a month to maintain its optimum performance.

Nannette Henriquez

Nannette Henriquez said...

How's your car now, Doug? Keeping one's calm while facing such inconvenience is not an easy thing to do. Kudos to you for being cool with things. Replacing a dead battery is rather easy; however, your muffler is a different story. I hope you consider bringing in your car to trusted car repair shops at least once a month to maintain its optimum performance.

Nannette Henriquez

lekan sola said...

Hello,

It is apleasure to contact you.

I have a wife who has been having depression for over 20 years. She has been usinf EFFEXOR for over a year now and with little improvement.

Now i want her to do Acupunture and use Chinese herbs too. She seems not ready to do treatments now again.

Please how can i help her ,toconvince her to do the treatment?

Please i need your help

GID