"It must be my lucky day", I said to the Tow Truck Driver!
The tow truck driver looked at me as if I were a crazy person! In the snowy field, 20 feet off of the icy road, surrounded by barbed wire was my trusty 1996 Blazer! An unexpected freezing March storm had come in, and the road was a sheet of ice. I had been driving slowing down the mountain, through the "S" curves... slow and steady... then on the flat stretch by Hansen's ranch, my car suddenly turned into Stephen King's "Christine"! Knowing I hadn't done one thing different, no braking or accelerating I was very surprised when I started driving sideways on the wrong side of the road and heading for the hillside. I turned my wheels back to the right side of the road, and then ended up driving down the embankment, through the barbed wire fence, and into the bull pasture! There, the front of my vehicle stopped with a mild thud; front tires in the irrigation ditch.
The well driller coming up the mountain, stopped his rig, and ran out into the pasture. He managed to pull the barbed wire down far enough so that I could open the car door and climb out. Soon after, coming down the mountain was the tow truck! There is no cell phone service in that stretch of road, so I felt very fortunate that he was just driving by. I said to him "This must be my lucky day!" You should have seen the look on his face! But, I did feel very lucky. Lucky that I didn't hurt anyone in an oncoming car. ‘Lucky that I didn't get hurt. ‘Lucky that I didn't run into one of Hansen's bulls, and lucky that a tow truck just happened by.
Even in less than ideal circumstances we can feel fortunate. I don't think the Tow Truck driver got it!
During this Holiday Season, my wish would be that we see how fortunate we are, despite those things in our lives that might not be our ideal. We can always count our blessings.