Even though I'm not Catholic, I'm giving up whining for Lent
Thursday, February 14, 2013
It's a bit different than simply looking at the bright side. I try to do that anyway. No, I'm not one of those people perpetually pleasant. I just figure you can choose how to react to most situations if you give it enough thought. There are limits of course. There are some things that require working through the process and looking for silver linings right away, won't work. Those usually involve irreplaceable loss.
Statements of fact (not whining) - money has always been tight, but right now, we're dealing with a budget that is tighter than normal, even for us. It is what it is. There isn't really a whine for that anyway. We had some unexpected major expenses come in and money in we were expecting, has been delayed. The two would nearly off set. We just have to get through. We've done it before and chances are, we will have to again some time. We cope. We aren't in danger of losing the roof over our head, so we're okay.
We have two vehicles and one died on Monday. The parts were expensive and things were going to be tighter for a while to cover it. The tax bills for the cars arrived. One was the same it always is (on the dead one), the other is for a brand new car (our first). That was higher than expected. But we have until March 5th to pay it. Some breathing room.
The part arrived for the dead car late yesterday and my husband dropped it off along with money ($200) towards the labor. The guy was good with that and planned on starting work today and we hoped to pay him the rest of his labor by Friday, but he was okay with waiting another week if need be. He died last night. There is a lot to untangle there - like how to get the dead car, where to bring the dead car, and hoping someone will hear our sad tale of woe and be willing to cut us another break on labor charges. But my family is intact. My husband is alive and well on Valentine's Day. I can't whine about the money. I hope the guy took it and bought his wife something wonderful and personal that gives her some assurance that he loved her deeply.
Yesterday, was a struggle. I didn't think I whined as easily as I do apparently. And maybe, just maybe, after Lent is over, I'll have learned to whine less.
What I need to remember for now, is that my family, my friends, are all here. We are relatively healthy.