Written by Tino Hernandez
Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
March 2, 2017
Listen to my commentary here. I play the theme music in its entirety at the end.
This past week was one of those weeks where everything just went wrong. One of those weeks where everything broke all at once. The computer monitor stopped working, the car required expensive repairs, and the water heater gave out. Boy, can’t a guy catch a break?
Since it is my daily pleasure to write for you, I now view almost everything that happens in my life as an opportunity to see the best and convey it to you so that you can grow, grow, and grow. I’m going to tell you about my experience in resolving all of these issues and how it applies to your growth no matter what your goals in life are. In order to keep this brief, I will elaborate more on the audio version at the top.
- Car trouble. The first thing that gave out was the car. I noticed a leak so I called the Honda dealership. When can you guys get me in I asked. “We can get you in tonight,” was the reply. I was very surprised at that response so I drove out right away to get my car serviced. It turns out that this dealership’s service department is open until 12:00 midnight! The service person took the time to explain to me what needed to be done and the service techs did a fine job of getting the car back into my hands and in working order. I was pleasantly surprised and highly recommend Bob Roarman Honda in Schaumburg, IL to anyone with any make of vehicle.
- The computer monitor stopped working! Panic time for someone who blogs daily. I took a picture of the connections to my broken monitor and off I went. I went looking for my monitor and in each instance, I asked the clerk if they had a monitor with the connection in the picture. “Sorry, we only have one.” Sorry but that’s not going to work for me I said. I’ll try another store. I went to nine stores before I finally picked up my phone to do some research on my Mac Mini to see what alternate connections it might have that would work. Once I did that I had no problem picking a monitor. Wasted 2 hours and lots of gas.
- The hot water is COLD! Water heater broke down so I called one of the biggest, and assumably the most reputable, repair companies to come out to give it all a look-see. Their estimate came out to $5,500 and they were looking to tear down walls and leave them torn for me to repair. But I’d have a new water heater! I then called Bishop Plumbing Heating and Air Condition in Des Plaines, IL. They replaced my water heater and saved me THOUSANDS! Without having to tear down walls either. Thank you Bishop PH&A!
By now you’re asking what the hell does this have to do with me? What it has to do with you is that when things go wrong for people you have the opportunity to be at your best. This is the time when you can to dig deep and find solutions and interact with empathy and courage of conviction.
Times like these allow you to draw on your experience to solve problems, call your contacts, make recommendations, do some research, lend a helping hand and make a difference in someone’s life. Having success in your own life isn’t all about getting and taking. No, my friend. Today’s society has established new rules for the elevation of mere mortals to hero status. Ok, maybe not hero status but definitely nice and helpful status. In this new century, getting our needs met is really all about giving, giving, and giving some more.