I was driving down my little country road the other day, running barely on time for an appointment when my wheel began knocking ominously. I got out and walked around the car and couldn't find a problem. Perhaps it was because the world didn't end on 12-21-12, or maybe it was simply because the stresses of the Christmas and New Year were over, I was able to stay calm, hoping for the best. It was when I was at the gas station filling up that I noticed one tire was indeed three quarters flat. Once again I put my flappable self on the back burner and dealt only with the facts presented: i) the tire wasn't completely flat and therefore could be driven (carefully!) a short distance, ii) there is a tire shop within 50yards of the gas station. So far so good.
My next moment to get myself in a flap immediately presented itself - the tire was punctured through the sidewall and not repairable. I needed a new tire! The tire was only a few months old and I wasn't in the mood to buy yet another tire! Breathe... I took a moment to regroup then asked the mechanic to put on my spare. I loaded up the ruined tire, took it to the shop where I purchased it, where I was informed they have a road hazard warranty and my tire would be replaced with new one for the price of another road hazard warranty - $16 only!!
Here I will make a shameless plug for America's Tire. You guys rock.
At the end of the day I realized that even in the middle of the storm you never know just when, against all odds, a ray of sun is going to break through. For me it isn't easy to always be positive but neutral works very well, too, I just need to stay in the moment and keep my eyes open.