I have had an ongoing battle with my tire pressure monitoring system on my car.
A couple years ago, one of the sensors got broken off when I purchased new tires. Since then, the system has given me fits, telling me I have no pressure in a tire that is obviously just fine. The system itself even registered it as fine just before it went haywire.
This whole issue has led to frustration, to say the least.
Today, as sweet friend who owns a body shop told me something about tire pressure monitoring systems that I did not know.
They are actually wireless gadgets and have to be activated to a particular computer system in a car. Think of synching your IPod. Because they synch this way, they can get thrown off if they are too close to another car when synched and then can be triggered by something other than your particular tire pressure. Kind of foolish, if you ask me.
But I have to wonder…how often do I do the same thing? Do I, by my actions or inactions, cause someone else to get off track, like my wayward tire pressure system?
I know it happens some days at home. Keith used to say that I determined when I got up in the morning what kind of day we would all have by how the morning went. Smooth morning, smooth day, and vice versa. If we started out crummy, I had it in my head that it would be crummy all day…and then it became a self-fulfilling prophesy.
I think I have gotten a bit better about this…most days. This single-parent world is just too crazy to get wrapped around the wheel about little things that happen. As a result, I am better able to take a breath, put things in perspective, and move on.
I still fail at times, though, letting my poor night’s sleep, my stresses of the day, or my failure to plan better for a calm day, take over and affect the way we operate as a family. At those times, I am extremely thankful for grace. Aren’t you?
My tire pressure monitor problem was finally solved today. It was a bad sensor. It has been replaced. I only pray that I can as easily and completely replace my bad attitude and over-stimulated blood pressure to not give the wrong reading to those around me…especially my boys.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
– Psalm 25:16-18