A Windshield Story – When Glass Cracks

Windshield Trouble

I woke up right at 8 AM this morning and after getting cleaned up, headed to Mission Bay to have breakfast.  Going to the gym and getting a shower was on the agenda, but I wasn’t feeling any rush to go.  I ate, read the news, checked the weather forecast, chatted with a friend, etc.  Around 9:45 AM, finally feeling motivated to do something, I headed for the gym.

I was on the Highway for less than 2 minutes when I heard a loud pop.  I looked in the direction of the sound and saw a 4 inch crack right below my oil change sticker.  Leaning forward, I could see the impact point at the edge of the glass.  Not able to inspect it while driving, I gently smudged the end of the crack so I could see if it grew. By the time I arrived at the gym it was 2 inches longer than when it happened.  Not bad, but not great.

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My Labor Day Crack

I went straight into the Gym locker room, sat on the bench and filed a claim through my insurance app. I knew I had some level of coverage for glass but had no idea it was fully covered with no out-of-pocket if I use Safelite.  Bonus!  I can definitely live with that.  

Since the crack is “longer than a dollar bill”, my insurance is paying to replace the windshield.  I was even able to schedule my appointment through my insurance app.  Guess what I’m doing tomorrow?  🙂

In the end, what could have been a major frustration, is going to end up being a minor inconvenience.

Automatic Attitude Adjustment

After everything was resolved with the windshield, I reflected on my reaction to the situation.  I felt no upset at all through the entire thing.  I wasn’t mad, I didn’t feel like a victim, no feeling of defeat, nothing negative in the least.

In the moment it happened, I started thinking about my options and began developing a plan. I would check my insurance and file a claim if I could.  If I couldn’t, I remembered I knew a great glass place in Chula Vista that has super reasonable prices.  My mind jumped to finding a fix instead of focusing on the difficulty.

When I started on the path to be a more optimistic, I would instantly go to negative thoughts and have to consciously work on turning them into a positive, or a ‘hey that’s just life’ feeling.  Today I had an automatic positive response!

10 years ago, I remember wishing for a day I didn’t have to force myself to see the positive.  I wished for a time when it would happen automatically (or ‘automagically’ as I am fond of saying).  So while I still have moments of ‘automatic negative thinking‘, I feel really good about where I am.  Dr. Dyer would be proud.

True nobility is not about being better than anyone else, it is about being better than you used to be.  ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “A Windshield Story – When Glass Cracks

    1. I totally missed this comment, Dawn! (and another one on another post) I’m not used to getting any replies. *grin* It sure is exciting to see though!

      It’s not easy to have automatic positive thinking. The way we are programmed and conditioned, it almost feels more natural to go to the negative. You know? I don’t think anyone is ever perfect at it either, but every time we stop the negative and go positive instead, I think it’s worth celebrating.

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