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Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in At TMV | 9 comments

The Windshield Syndrome

A while back I was having a conversation with a friend when two seemingly disparate topics began to come together in my mind and led me to writing this post.

The first topic we discussed was the same topic everyone has been dealing with the mess that the country is in, from the economy to terrorism to everything else.

The second topic dealt with my car windshield and the fact that it had a crack in it, and has had one for several years.

It was a pretty common story, me driving down the highway, idiot trucker driving ahead of me, chunk of rock tossed in the air and boom, cracked windshield and me liable to pay for it.

In talking about the problem I told my friend that I had adopted the broad view. To begin with the problem was there and I couldn’t do anything to change it. My windshield was broken and I would have to pay to have it replaced or just live with it.

The incident was also not my fault, unlike a fender bender or some other accident there was no way I could be at fault and short of leaving the house at a different time there was nothing I could have done to avoid it.

The problem was also not as bad as it could have been. The rock could have struck the windshield in my line of vision and caused some sort of accident. It could have struck the car itself and caused more expensive body damage. So while it wasn’t a good thing it could have been worse.

So given that it wasn’t my fault, I couldn’t do anything to change it, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been and I could handle the cost of fixing it, I decided to take a calmer view of it.

Indeed the windshield has been cracked for a few years now and I just keep ignoring it just for the reasons above.

It occurred to me that it is pretty healthy to apply the same attitude to many of the current problems facing our country.

Yes the economy is a mess, the budget is out of control and heaven only knows what is going on overseas. These are important issues that we need to keep on top of. But at the same time it’s not like we can solve them ourselves.

So while I am certainly not suggesting that we ignore the problem nor should we try and downplay it, I also don’t think we all need to stress out too much. The problem is not in our control, it will be solved and there is nothing we can do to change things.

Keep an eye on the news, make sure to protect your own assets, but for the most part just do your job and live your lives.

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  • ShannonLeee

    Keep an eye on the news, make sure to protect your own assets, but for the most part just do your job and live your lives.

    I am pretty sure that is how world tragedies happen. At a min, this is how we can all be serious taken advantage of.

    I like what you are saying and you may already be implying this, but I would make it:

    Keep an eye on the news, make sure to protect your own assets, but for the most part just do your job and live your lives…but be prepared to act when required.

  • zephyr

    Hah! I’ve had a crack in my windsheild for a few years too. It’s out of the line of vision and it doesn’t get any worse. My theory is that if I get a new windshield it will happen all over again, maybe worse. I can live with it as it is now just fine. Never thought about it as a metaphor for something larger. I reckon that’s your job Patrick!

  • ShannonLeee

    Hmm…I bet someone doesnt make their bed in the morning either!

  • zephyr

    If you’re talking to me you would be right! I make my bed in the evening when I get up. 😉

  • ShannonLeee

    Right for the wrong reasons… I’ll take it 🙂

  • CStanley

    This approach makes sense for windshield cracks but not for cracked driveshafts. So, how do we accurately assess which kind of problems we’re really dealing with?

  • PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

    First off thanks for the feedback.

    Certainly I am not advocating a head in the sand attitude, more of a serenity prayer one.

    These days it seems I am always talking to someone who is stressed out over what “might happen”. They could lose their job, there could be a terrorist attack, etc.

    Now obviously you should do what you can to prepare.

    If you have a job then make sure you have contingency plans for what would happen if you lost it (IE an emergency fund) but don’t obsess every day over getting fired.

    If you are worried about a natural disaster or a terror attack, certainly it is wise to have some sort of plan with your family for what to do in such an event, maybe even put aside some food or water. But you don’t sit around worrying or obsessing about it all day.

    Just a concept of balance.

  • The_Ohioan

    Well, people should just stop worrying about all these things and buy gold. FOX channels are still happy to show you where to buy it after listening to their sscccaaaarrrryy news. If I listened to them all day long, I’d be buying gold too. Wonder if there is a kickback? And is that legal?

  • rudi

    This approach makes sense for windshield cracks but not for cracked driveshafts. So, how do we accurately assess which kind of problems we’re really dealing with?

    Nothing to really crack on a drive shaft. Now u joints will fail which could put the drive shaft on the road with a Ford dead on the road. Drive shaft is pretty simple, now the engine(economic) or transmission(markets) failing is a better metaphor…

    Like the check engine(econmy) light on, with the economy burning and blowing oil with valves/rods about go…

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