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A Screw in Your Tire

Published June 5, 2010 9:33 PM by Glen McDaniel

This morning, I woke up pretty excited about meeting friends for a business lunch and an afternoon of socializing. I was running late when my neighbor rang my door bell hysterically  crying that her cat had been seriously injured. I  tried to calm her down and made a few phone calls to identify a local vet who dealt with  emergencies including trauma.

I couldn't help being a little frazzled as I drove up the interstate a full 40 minutes behind schedule, with another 30 miles to go. Then I looked down to see that my dashboard was flashing a red "flat tire" indicator. I  pulled off at the next exit, called my friends to update them on the situation and  then attempted to find a tire repair place, praying all the while I wouldnt ruin my rim. 

After waiting almost an hour  in the busy tire-repair shop, I was told "you have a screw in your tire and  you might need  a new tire."   I was a little frazzled to say the least. But to make a long story short, I finally hooked up with my friends, met some new  interesting acquaintances, and had a delicious relaxing lunch. We then spent a great afternoon into the evening talking, laughing and having fun.

The simple lesson is that it's possible to make the best of a bad situation. I will remember the great conversation and libations long after I have forgotten today's minor inconveniences. In life or business, perspective is what counts. How you choose to react to an incident is always more important than the challenge itself.

Whether it's a mandated, unwelcome change; a difficult supervisor, or some other "screw in your tire" you do not have to be deflated or defined by the experience-unless you choose to.

2 comments

It is a wise man or woman who learns early that it's your attitude that takes you through life. So many in this profession go through life miserable. Because we will continue to face changes. Until  they learn to roll with the punches to cope and go on, they will continue to be miserable.

Janice A. MLT June 20, 2010 2:41 PM
Morrow GA

I so agree that life throws so many challenges at you that you gotta be able to cope. I have been in this profession for almost 30 years and have seen so many changes. I still see folks who argue and grumble very time they are asked to do something different. The ones among us who survive without a heart attack or get old before our time are the same ones who can accept change. That's life man. That is medical technology man. Period!

Bernard June 9, 2010 9:46 PM
Detroit MI

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