How Full is Your Tank?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

Yesterday, my son and I were completing a 2-day drive from Texas to Colorado. As I watched my gas tank miles diminishing, I kept on thinking there would be a gas station nearby right? Wrong!

I could see my 10-year old son getting a bit nervous as he watched the gas tank light go from 17 miles to 8 miles, to 0 miles! Inside I was a nervous wreck as I desperately sought to see a familiar gas station sign.  Outwardly I remained calm as I said to my son, "we are going to be fine, trust me!" I could tell he was trying to be brave.

As the miles ticked on with zero miles left in my tank, I had to keep my eyes and my faith firmly planted on the fact that yes, no matter what, we were going to be ok. Even though we were in an unfamiliar area, we would eventually get the gas we needed one way or another.

Thankfully, that wonderful gas station sign appeared as we limped off of the exit ramp coasting in on fumes. We filled our tank and made it to our destination. We were grateful.

As I have pondered on this event, there are so many life lessons learned for myself and my precious son. First, keep your eyes looking forward no matter how bleak the situation may be. Second, have faith and believe that all will be alright. Third, never give up.

When your life tank is empty and you can't see a way out, remember to have faith no matter what.  The lessons we learn while on empty may prove to be some of the most important lessons in life!

Have you fully LIVED TODAY?

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Nikola Johnny Mirkovic

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Comments (33)

Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I think those of us who live in populated metropolis areas take gas stations for granted.  A couple years ago, I drove across the state of Nevada on Highway 50.  It's labeled the loneliest highway in America.  And, like you, I became nervous when the gas gauge began to lower, and there was no civilization or gas stations in sight.

Aug 07, 2021 02:25 PM
faye schubert

I fill my tank when it hits the half  mark when I'm travelling out west. 

Aug 10, 2021 04:43 PM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

such a cool post, Great information.  Thank you, Bill

Aug 07, 2021 03:28 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Yes, wonderful advice!
Just what I needed today!
Thanks - Lynn

"'remember to have faith no matter what

Aug 07, 2021 04:12 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Staying positive is the only way to go about our daily lives, and always top off the tank as well.

Aug 07, 2021 05:20 PM
Matt Brady
Finance Of America - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

The most important thing is to remain calm. I ran out of gas in Vegas on the freeway. I was going 70 so I put my truck in neutral and merged to the right, I went a mile and a half and took the next exit. I made the light at the top of the ramp and made the left turn at about 25 MPH, coasted over the freeway, made the light on the other side turned into the gas station, and pulled up to the pump. It was funny and it felt great, but I have never run out of gas since.

Aug 07, 2021 06:35 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Matt Brady, That's the best "out of gas" story I can remember!

Aug 07, 2021 07:59 PM
Carol Williams

Matt Brady 
Where is the WOW button?  That's amazing you could do that in Vegas traffic!




Aug 08, 2021 04:41 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Paula, good ending to the story.  Happy about that.  Enjoyed you linking it to life in general.  Thank you for insightful post.  Mark

Aug 07, 2021 07:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Paula loved your post as well as the message now with that said the Airborne Ranger Infantry CPT in me said yes thank God for Faith but next time do the six PPPP's:) other wise faith will not be on your side, Endre

Aug 07, 2021 11:29 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
I’m try try hard, I have my struggles like anyone else really.
Aug 07, 2021 11:40 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Paula.

Been there many times, my faith never wavered.  Great story, thank you

Aug 08, 2021 12:53 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Paula,
I honestly don't know how people without Faith navigate this life! 

Aug 08, 2021 04:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Staying calm was key! There are parts of the country where gas stations are very far apart, which can make both the gas issue problematic AND using a rest room!

Aug 08, 2021 05:07 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Paula,

Good you made it. Texas is deceivingly large, so a good place to carry a jerry can.

Aug 09, 2021 05:45 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Paula McDonald, Ph.D. With that same attitude, even if you ran out of gas, you would be ok! I remember a funny story about running low on gas. My husband and I were on a freeway with a roundabout, going round and round in London, trying to return a rental car that was almost out of gas. Not knowing where we were or how to get off at the right exit, we kept going, as I became hysterical, and we finally found the way to go! The answer is - you will and you must - keep going!

Aug 12, 2021 11:03 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Fill the tank or live life to it's fullest.  You don't regret the things you do.  you regret the things that you do not do,

Aug 12, 2021 01:03 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Paula, I too have been in that situation. I'm sure there are times only prayer got me to where I needed to be. I don't like to push it to the limit but thankful I've made it to where I was supposed to be.

Aug 13, 2021 05:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Paula:

That's a powerful message and some important life lessons in your post.

Go glad to hear it all worked out as you believed it would.


Aug 13, 2021 03:19 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

As a past Scoutmaster, I was always telling scouts to be prepared. They may ask, "prepeared for what?" For any old thing was my answer. Be prepared can go a long way in most every situation.

Aug 14, 2021 04:38 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Good morning Paula.  What a great story.  It was a great life lesson for your son who saw how you were reacting and then seeing how everything worked out.  I have this feeling sometimes when I am driving back home from Houston. There are several stretches where there is no end in site, but it has always worked out.  Now I just make sure my tank is full!  Have a great day!

Aug 14, 2021 06:08 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The good driver will know the intricacies of their vehicle so I would have trusted you also. I rarely take life's tank to the E when already running there but if the gage shows F we'll shoot for the moon & stars. Paula, the suspense was killing me.

Aug 14, 2021 06:41 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Can't wait to see the stress that low voltage will create with all of the electric cars we'll be seeing in the too near future. Vehicles strewn across the highways and byways until drivers get a handle  on those new inner workings. Fun times yet to come.

Aug 14, 2021 06:46 AM