Merry Christmas Everyone—
I have needed to use some of my Holiday Survival Tips. I arrived in Spring, TX on December 23. My sister and I were out doing some shopping. We were in my SUV but I had her driving since I don’t see well in the dark. All of a sudden on a very busy my 2019 vehicle stops dead. We had a guardian angel in a man who offered to push us into a grocery store parking lot. First call was for a jump start. It took him over and hour to get there. The vehicle wouldn’t kept running so he said I needed to get it towed. The tow truck arrive in another hour. My type dealership didn’t accept after hours drop offs so my SUV was towed to the company lot. They delivered it to the dealer that was closing early. They could look at it until yesterday. They had to order a part from m Dallas— a little irony here because I’m from the DFW area but was visiting in the Houston area. They did get the part today and then needed a spark p,us. They took a spark plug from a new vehicle like mind that was delivered today.
I’m waiting to hear that they got it fixed. My family was there come up to Fort Worth to see me today. Instead we are in plan B. We are going to stay in a hotel so the girls can have breakfast in the morning. We are going to a movie.
There are so many things that could have gotten me and my sister tensed up. I believe fish and family stink after 3 days. Today is day 4. My sister and her husband work from home so I need to be transported between their clients. I’m a very independent person and don’t like to impose on people. I could have gotten in the mindset of “this ALWAYS happens to me” Or they are going to think I’m imposing on them. My sister assured me I’m not. Or I think could think everything is ruined because my girls aren’t going to be at grandma’s house over Christmas. It’s not ruined. We are just going to plan B.
Professionals in the counseling business need to apply the cop g skills we teach our clients so we don’t get all amped up with negative thoughts either.
I hope everyone has a Happy New Year
However if the new year blahs creep in be sure to contact a mental health professional for assistance.
Gay A, Hunter, M.Div., LPC-S
Ditch the Lie Counselng
9209 Christopher Circle
Fort Worth, Tex 76140
Avoid the shouldas, wouldas and couldas. Or the fancy name is ruminating.
An example from my life is last night my sister and I were driving in my car to run some errands. She was driving and all of a sudden my car quits right in the middle of traffic. Bless the dear man who offered to push into a parking lot. I called the Kia roadside assistance and found out my free membership ran out on September 30 so I had to pay for the jump start and then the towing out of pocket. I had changed my cell plan so didn’t have my ATT roadside assistance anymore.
i could have beat myself up about this. Instead I realized that if I added up all of the monthly charges for a plan, the amount I paid for for the services was probably less than the total of monthly payments. The catch was it had the be paid in a lump sum.
Today is Christmas Eve. The dealership is only open until 10:30 a. m. I got the tow service called so the car can get over there before that. It will be Wednesday before they can look at it. Guess I won’t be heading home at 10 on Wednesday morning.
I’m grateful that this happened in Spring, TX and not when I was on the road somewhere between Spring and Fort Worth. I’m with family and I’m safe and warm. My schedule isn’t going as planned but it will work out.
i am still going the have a wonderful Christmas with my family. I’m not going through let th shouldas, wouldas or couldas creep in a spoil my joy.
Merry Christmas to everyone
Here is a situation that can cause us some real problems—misconceptions— distorting existing information making it greater or smaller reality. How about the anticipation of getting a flu shot. We hear stories about people getting one and coming down with the flu, hear stories about the shot site becoming and achy. So you put off getting one. Then you go in and get the shot— no sore arm—no getting sick. The next thing you think is “why did I get so upset about that. It was a piece of cake.” Continue reading