This is our month where we turn to gratitude for our monthly theme. And since I recently had a minor accident with major costs to my car I am trying very hard to count my blessings instead of counting the dollars and frustrations that go along with dealing with an accident. Honestly it was quite silly, the accident I mean. I was at the Morton Arboretum, camera in hand, where I have spent many hours loving this season with all of its beauty and captivating colors, I had parked my car in a mini parking lot and walked for awhile. When I returned to my car, instead of backing out I decided to just use the parking space as a turnaround. Unfortunately I forgot about those little 3 ft high guard posts shaped like tree stumps, steady, strong, and no give. I proceeded to run right smack into one, hearing a crunch that didn't sound good. I backed up, hearing another more painful crunch, got out of the car to check the front of the car and yup, completely ruined the front bumper with something else hanging down behind the bumper. Not a good look for a car.
OK, what did I get out of this ordeal...bringing gratefulness into this scene? Sometimes I have to stretch to find the good, but 1) no one was hurt (except the car ofcourse) 2) I have paid up insurance (I say "paid up" because one time I actually went 6 months without car insurance simply because I forgot to pay the bill, remember there is no judging here) 3) Everyone I have dealt with ie: insurance company, car repair shop, car rental place has been so kind and considerate and 4) it has compelled me to be more diligent in paying attention to my driving instead of gawking at everything around me and 5) last but certainly not the least I captured beautiful images of this bountiful season thru the lens of my camera.
Sometimes these little bumps in the road (literally) come into your life, but if we stop and think, there is always always something to be grateful for.