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When life gives you a flat tire, make a tire swing

When life gives you a flat tire, make a tire swing

My daughter came inside and told me the car was leaning to one side. We went outside to look and both tires on the passenger side were completely flat.

I understand getting one flat tire. Perhaps I drove over a nail.

How did I get two flat tires?

When life gives you lemons you are supposed to make lemonade. You know, the old power of positive thinking, find something good in a bad situation.

What am I suppose to make with a flat tire? I can’t make lemonade from rubber.

When live gives you a flat tire, make a tire swing.
Pamela Hodges – The owner of two flat tires

I don’t know how the tires were damaged. The tires brought me and my daughter home safely through the rain on Sunday from Virginia, and the tires took me safely to the hardware store to buy paint primer. Somewhere between the hardware store and home I must have driven over glass.

I am grateful the tires did not blow when I was driving 65 mph  hours and miles from home, and I am grateful they didn’t blow when I was on the way home from the hardware store.

The flat tires gave me an opportunity to thank God for my safety and gave me a chance to not get angry.

Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9

Today I will call and get the car towed to a car repair place I trust. Today I will continue to not be foolish and easily angered. Today I will look for a tree to make a tire swing.

What do you do when life gives you lemons, or a flat tire?

Please let me know in the comments, I would love to chat.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Stacey Shubitz

    My daughter would love a tire swing. Too bad we don’t have a tree to tie it to…

    Anyway, that’s not the point.

    When life hands me lemons, I try to take some deep breaths and reflect on the things that are good. That usually helps.

    • Reflect on the things that are good. I will remember that. I tend to focus on what is not going well. Thank you Stacey.

  • Betsy Michele Hubbard

    What a great spin, tire swings. Those will offer so much joy, more joy than when they were flat and annoying. 🙂

  • Jaana

    If I have time I will read a book that gives me an escape for a little while. Then I am ready to face the world again. Of course a dinner (or coffee) with a good friend would be great as well!

    • Hello Jaana. Reading a book to escape for a few minutes sounds like a great idea, as does spending time with a friend. Choosing to have a good attitude with a basket of lemons or two flat tires.

  • Diane Andeson

    Thank goodness what could have happened did not. My daughter swerved to miss a dog and ran into a mailbox… hitting the dog would have devastated her animal loving heart… she could have hit another moving car or parked car… so thankful for the things that did not happen.

    • I am thankful too Diane. Praying for safety for your children and you.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    I am thankful there was someone watching over my daughter & my granddaughter as they drove home & that the car got them there safely, when my child lives so far away I’m glad there is someone watching over my children………….

    • I love you Mom. Thank you for your prayer and concern.

  • I’m thankful you didn’t have an accident. Each time we have an unexpected emergency, i.e. need new transmission, a new well, and flat tire, etc., I’m thankful we have the money to cover it. That seems to be the saving grace to all of it. It reminds me of God’s goodness and provision.

    • I am grateful too Shelley. Just waiting to hear from the car doctor what the problem is. Grateful for a Dave Ramsey emergency fund.