Sometimes, in life and in business, things happen that you just have to roll with.
Wednesday saw strong, sometimes violent, storms with high wind and torrential rain come through. I had to change my schedule to do “office work.” You see my business is window cleaning, and most people don’t appreciate having their windows cleaned in a deluge, and it is not so much fun for me either. So…I changed my plans. I hate doing that, but there was no choice.
Thursday came, with me needing to play catch up. The weather was better, and I headed out to conquer the day. On my way to my first job, while driving down the freeway, my truck started shimmying violently. What was wrong? I put the transmission in neutral and scanned my gauges. Oh No! The temperature gauge was pinned at the top. I turned on the heater to pull heat off the engine. It worked enough for me to get to the next exit and pull into a gas station.
My radiator was broken. The nipple where the upper radiator hose connects to it was crumbling, causing a fluid leak. Sparing you all the details: I was able to sort-of tighten it over what was left of the nipple and limp (with many cooling off stops) to a nearby O’Reilly Auto Parts store. They had a radiator in stock, which was not very expensive, and let me change it in their parking lot. I then was able to continue on my route, delayed some, but continuing none-the-less.
How could it have been worse?
-It could have happened to me Wednesday in the pouring rain had I stubbornly continued with my original plans.
-I could have burned up the truck’s engine. It is actually ok.
-I could have been unable to fix the problem myself, had to tow the truck, and lost another day of work.
-The people at the auto-parts store could have not let me use their parking lot and borrow a couple of their tools, requiring me to tow my truck.
-It could have been very expensive.
I must say, all of these worst-case scenarios played through my mind when the truck started acting up. A very bad way to start the day, but a few hours later I was very gratefully carrying on with my work.
So…when life starts throwing handfuls of crap at you, keep pressing through. It may not be as bad as you are afraid it is.