Correct Tire Pressure

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And now on to my somewhat silly story…                

Our car monitors various items of safety, displaying messages as needed. Last week, “Correct Tire Pressure” showed up on the screen.

“Well,” thought my misinformed husband, “how nice of them to give us that bit of encouragement!” Upon further reflection, of course, he realized the word “correct” was being used as a verb, not an adjective, as a warning, not as a compliment.

  • It didn’t mean, “Hey, buddy, nice job keeping the correct pressure in your tires.”
  • It meant, “Dude, you’d better add some air to that back left tire before it gets you into trouble!”

We fixed the problem in time, but I learned a couple of related lessons in the process.

Don’t miss the warning signs. Life, and the leading of our Lord, both provide plenty of warnings that we may miss, or simply misunderstand, if we don’t pay attention. Please do pay attention, and take action where needed, even if you think you are too busy. Take a moment today—and every day—to be still and let your mind look back and check for what you might have glossed over, sped past, or put off in the hustle and bustle of life.

Miscommunication is a rampant and risky element of our relationships with one another. Technology, though, has taken that problem to a whole new level. If a voicemail or text or email (or, perhaps, the lack thereof) has you feeling crosswise with another person, start by believing the best. Assume you’ve miscommunicated or been misunderstood. Chances are you have. If not, what have you lost by beginning with the benefit of the doubt?

You can do it, and you’ll be better for it.

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