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The Stinking Parking Fine

So this week we got a parking fine. 

I acted in the most undignified, immature way. Lost my blob.

Let me tell you how it happened. The day was hectic. Work is super busy at the moment. Coronavirus has everyone on high alert. I had a presentation at work I had been stressed about that I finally finished that day. It had been a LONG day. I met my husband at the Coles near my work. 

He parked next to the coles on the road and we went in to get two items. Two items people! 

We were both tired. It was raining so I was cold and wet. We got to the car which had been parked for 10 minutes. We were greeted by the dreaded white ticket on the windshield. 100 dollars. For 10 minutes…

I was so upset. I acted like a 10-year-old. I blamed my husband for not checking if we needed to pay. I blamed the ticket man for being… well, a heartless, cold soulless ticket man. I blamed my husband again for meeting me at Coles and not heartlessly making me walk home with the groceries in the rain (I actually did that). Then I sulked for the better part of the night and picked up an overtime shift for the weekend even though I was tired and exhausted. I went to bed angry at Mark and annoyed at everything and everyone. 

I know! I am outrageous sometimes. 

The next morning in reflection of my blatant immaturity and a golden example of how NOT to act when you get a parking fine here is what I came to:

  • I need not overreact in the most ridiculous way to things that I cannot change
  • In the big scheme of things it really is quite insignificant

Earthshattering revelation? 

Next time I will do better.  

  • I will get off my high horse. 
  • Get over the ‘injustice.’ 
  • Get over the ‘waste of money.’ 

I will Be grateful for a car to drive, rules that are upheld and promote order, and a husband that cares enough to meet me at Coles so I don’t have to carry two items of groceries home in the rain.

That’s all.

You are deeply loved and richly cherished.

Dr Christine Greenwood

Own Your Health: Changing the way you Think, Eat and Live.


Wink: Seriously, I can tell you how infuriating fines are when you are living tightly on a strict budget. I am still a little tender about it. It’s not so much the money as the principle! Does anyone else get upset with fines? Am I the only one who finds it maddening to the highest degree?

P.S Have you read The opposite of Gossip.

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