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June 16, 2019

The Price of a Lesson Learned

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A while back, I got up in the morning and got in the car to go to work, only to find that there was a crack in my windshield. It was disappointing of course, but it was small, so I didn’t think much of it. Then as time passed, the crack continued to creep further and further across my windshield until it got to a point where repairing it was unavoidable. So, I booked an appointment to get it fixed at the dealer.  

That was not the right decision. Not only was it much more expensive than it needed to be, but the dealership doesn’t accept insurance, and I got jerked around by the staff trying to get a ride, which made me late for work. It was frustrating and I was getting upset.

But, then I decided to take ownership of the situation. It was my fault that I let the car get to this point, and I could have managed the crack better before it required a full windshield repair. I could have been more proactive about reaching out to insurance earlier to understand how to best handle the situation, but I didn’t. Also, I have so many knowledgeable friends and family who could have guided me through the process of what I should have done, but I didn’t ask anyone which is my fault also. I realized that my frustration and emotion could have been avoided had I done something differently.  

After taking ownership, I was able to take a position of gratitude. How lucky I was to have a car, and for this repair to be the only thing I needed. There is so much worse out there and I tried to keep that in perspective.  The lessons I learned is don’t procrastinate when it comes to things you don’t know much about, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ll take those with me for years to come

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