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Flipping Lucky

December 30, 2011

I was looking through my Flickr photostream today and spotted the photos of my car accident in April. Let me remind you:
Bye bye little car

“That was great,” I thought, unironically. Then I had to laugh at myself. Great? Some people would see that as the worst part of their year. Their prized, beautiful, fairly new little Bluemobile smashed beyond repair and hauled away, never to be seen again.

I look at it differently:

  • No one was seriously hurt or killed
  • We were all insured
  • The insurance gave me a fair price for my totalled car
  • I got a really nice new car out of the deal (I got a car loan, too, but the smashed car money covered part of it)
  • My registration was due and my windshield was cracked before the accident, so at least I didn’t waste money on those things
  • It happened where a nice friend could come rescue me
  • Etc.

Learning to look at the bright side may be stupid to some people, but as I have gotten older, I have realized that it is a skill that needs to be cultivated and used. There’s always more than one way to look at things. Why not choose the way that gives your heart more peace?

With that mini-sermon, I say goodbye to 2011. Thanks for sticking with me through thick and thin. I appreciate you – especially those of you who comment – more than I can say.

  1. December 30, 2011 12:56

    A lovely way to look at it!

  2. December 30, 2011 13:05

    Great attitude. Sometimes I remember to look at things this way. Sometimes I forget.

    Happy New Year!

  3. December 30, 2011 16:01

    Much to my chagrin, I have turned into a big, goofy optimist. But, really? There are worse things to be. Happy new year!

  4. December 30, 2011 19:09

    Love it! I swear we are like twinsies. : ) let’s make 2012 our bitch.

  5. January 1, 2012 06:16

    Happy New Year! May 2012 be crash-free.

  6. January 1, 2012 12:09

    True indeed. In 2011 we had a car fire, and I had a medical crisis – and it all turned out fine. Luck was with us, and we’re grateful for it.

  7. January 3, 2012 08:54

    I was talking to a co-worker today about older relatives and how they are often injured and senile and have difficult lives. She sighed heavily and talked about how it happens to all of us. Without even thinking I said, “If we’re lucky! We might get hit by a bus tomorrow.” Why not look on the bright side a little?

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