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Dealing with Unexpected Circumstances

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If a tree falls on the car at night and no one is around – does it make a noise?

The answer to that question is apparently yes and according to my husband (who has never heard a tree fall on a car before now) you know exactly what the sound is and can feel the pain of the crushed car.

Circumstances happen and they will continue to happen as long as there is life. The difference between those that succeed and those that fail are how they deal with the circumstances that come along.

Dealing with Circumstances

    1. Have your paperwork in order. It makes things much easier if you know exactly where the title to the crushed car is sitting, where to find the information for the insurance company and any other information that you might need in the event of an unexpected situation.

    2. Have multiple copies. Just having something in the glove compartment of the car will not help when there is a tree sitting on top of that glove compartment. You do need to keep copies of important information (but NOT the deed) in your vehicle in case the circumstances come up away from home as well.

    3. Have a support system. You need to have someone that you can call when circumstances prevent you from doing what needs to be done. Having a ride for the kids to their activities or just a way to get around to get the situation worked out will go a long ways towards giving you peace.

    4. Remember the ultimate truth. It’s stuff. As long as no one was injured during the circumstances then the stuff can be replaced. The sooner you realize how unimportant stuff actually is then the easier you can face the unexpected circumstances.

Just three weeks ago our family vehicle was hit by another driver and totaled. It took us two weeks to work through the circumstances and purchase a new vehicle. The new vehicle is the suburban in the picture and the picture was taken just four days after the purchase was made.

Circumstances happen. It is the attitude that comes when circumstances are faced that will determine the outcome of those circumstances.

How do you deal with the unexpected circumstances in your life?

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2 Responses to Dealing with Unexpected Circumstances

  1. Amy Bayliss June 17, 2009 at 12:22 AM #

    Ugh… same thing happened to us except that after much prayer we decided to forgo buying the new car and instead use the money to pay off our debt. It was the best decision we ever made. We took a pay cut almost immediately after. God knows! 🙂

    • Kathryn Lang June 17, 2009 at 6:27 AM #

      Hey Amy – that’s a great idea for those who can do it or need to do it. Then set up an account specifically for saving towards your new car. I’m actually thinking that we might want to consider holding off on purchasing this go around until after the summer storms are through. ;))

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