Positive Spin on a Flat Tire

Sometimes, it takes a flat tire to remind us that small acts of kindness are profoundly important.

Yesterday, after the challenges of a difficult Tuesday, I was looking forward to a less-wild Wednesday.

Still, the new day brought its own set of daily difficulties. It wasn’t out of the ordinary, but a traffic backup delayed my arrival at work. When I finally pulled into the parking garage, my tire pressure warning light dinged at me. I didn’t think much of it, figuring one of the tires was running a little low, and the bitter cold morning had lowered the air pressure in the tires. I assumed that a quick stop for some free air at my local Stewart’s Shop would do the trick.

That's not quite right.

That’s not quite right.

However, I failed to notice the gigantic screw that was buried deep into my tire. It would later prove my assumption false.

Since I was already late, and parked in an obscure corner of the garage, I simply locked the car and headed for the office.

Eight hours later, after trying to remember where I parked the car, I found it, covered in slush and salt.

With a very flat tire.

And of course, I was wearing a suit.

Every time I changed a flat tire, I was wearing a suit. Once I was in my Navy service dress blues uniform. Another time, I stopped after to help a young lady tackle her car’s flat tire. (By the way, it helps to loosen the knot in your tie before you loosen the lug nuts.)

I could have called for roadside assistance, but why wait? So, I put on the teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy, LEGO-sized wheel that pretends to be a spare.

I grant you, I will not be called up by a NASCAR team anytime soon to join their pit crew. But the job was completed, and I miraculously avoided destroying any clothing in the process.

A minor victory in a challenging week, I suppose.

Perhaps most notably, the whole affair served as a lesson in the importance of kindness.

Three strangers stopped to check on me that evening as I battled my car.

I have never met any of the three, but they all asked if they could help or make a phone call on my behalf. All three expressed concern that I could be stuck in a dim and dirty parking garage. Each refused to go until they were sure that I was okay.

I do not know their names. I have not heard their stories. It is not likely that we will cross paths again. Still, I appreciate each of them. I am grateful for our short conversations and for their caring nature.

Those little acts of kindness… they do make a difference.

Have you made a difference today?

Catching up…

It’s Day 5 of the Zero to Hero challenge.

Today, I’m playing catch-up. Here are some of the assignments that I’ve missed, and how I’ve been tackling them. You might note that they’re not in the order they were assigned.

Day 4: Explore the Neighborhood. Visit other blogs.

Noted. I’ll continue to try to do that as much as possible, time permitting, of course. Any suggestions about where to visit?

Day 2: What’s Your Name? Discuss the blog’s name. Create background information about the blog.

It’s something I’ve thought about quite a bit. Is the name of my blog the best way to describe my goals? Frankly, I’m not sure.

For the time being, I plan to continue to call it This Ordinary Citizen. It certainly could change in the future, and I’m open for suggestions.

In the meantime, I’ve updated my Contact page and my About page. I’ve also added a brief welcome blurb in the sidebar.

Day 3: What’s on Your Mind? Write the first post that has been on your mind, about which you are eager to write.

Since I’m pressed for time as I write this, I’m going to opt for something short and sweet. It’s what I’ve added in the “Welcome” widget posted in the sidebar.

I passionately believe that we desperately need to hear the stories of Ordinary Citizens who make a difference in our lives, our communities and our world.

Why not be Ordinary?

Why not make a difference?

Why not be Ordinary AND make a difference?

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