15 Jan A Clear Vision
The name tag on his shirt said Chad, and he was bummed out in a big way. He was the windshield salesman who had approached me at the carwash to tell me he could replace my windshield – and its repaired chips – with no out of pocket cost to me. There really aren’t that many and I can see clearly, but he was persistent. My insurance would cover it all, he said. Without a deductible or premium increase, I asked him. Yup, was the reply. We just had to verify by making a call to the insurance company.
I didn’t have the time to get a new windshield that day, and I wanted to know more about his company, although the carwash authorized his being on the premises. When I shared these little nuggets with him, his shoulders sagged and he mumbled “have a nice day” as he walked away with as much enthusiasm as a dog about to be neutered.
I followed him and told him this. I’ve been in one kind of sales or another for decades. Just because I wasn’t buying today didn’t mean I never would. But withdrawing all his boyish charm in an instant as he had was definitely insurance that I wouldn’t run to him as soon as I felt a pristine windshield was in my future. Chad didn’t get it. But I hope you will.
With just a few exceptions, nearly everything in life carries with it this promise: not forever, just for now. Think about it. Hate your haircut? It’ll grow. Not forever, just for now. Don’t have time to keep volunteering every Saturday? Take a breather. Not forever, just for now. Really hate your boss? He’s only a temporary roadblock, or maybe the job isn’t right for you. Not forever, just for now. Pretty much the only times this philosophy gets sticky is when it comes to relationships and parenting. And even when those roads get rocky, the rocks aren’t forever, they’re just for now.
Sometimes having a feeling of empowerment, the knowledge that we can make changes for ourselves when the time is right, eases the discomfort of our current situation. Putting things in the folder marked “temporary” can give us the motivation to withstand today while we dream about better days to come.
It’s kinda like suddenly seeing more clearly through a windshield that doesn’t have rock chips in it. I just wish Chad would have seen it this way, too.