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This is sort of a continuation of the previous article of how some people can create unnecessary problems in their life. One of the biggest reasons you may have problems is that you take on too much that you can really handle. While people may say, God does not give you any more problems than what you can handle, it’s more than likely that these people do not really take on more than they can really handle and only you can really know that. No one else can. Only i can know how much i can handle and this is where we tend to cap ourselves with lesser activities. It’s like the people who are constantly in a rush in heavy traffic. They take on more than what they can really handle and they are always late. It doesn’t even matter if you are rushing or not you will still make it to your destination at the same time. Rushing does nothing other than getting you to work a minute faster and more than likely you’ll be stuck in traffic like the rest of us. Leave earlier and you won’t have either issue.

This is where we end up having unnecessary problems in life. Other reason you may be having problems is you are treating others badly. My father tends to get angry at people and then directs his anger at those people who may or may not have gotten him angry but irregardless, most of the time these people mean well.

Take Carmax for an example, instead of making a formal complaint to the company when he got a problem vehicle that they did not fix, he just blames Carmax and then tells people never to go there. Well that doesn’t really do anything other than hurt everyone working there that may or may not be the actual problem. The company has to suffer because of some bad employees who didn’t follow the company guidelines. If you were sold a car that had some engine or mechanical failures, of course this goes back onto the place you bought it from but by making a formal complaint to the company, they will generally make these changes. If they don’t then the company will then falter. But it’s not really our place to say a company is horrible just because you had a bad experience. If others had a bad experience it’ll be because there is a problem with the company.

Target for an example, had mentioned they open their doors to transgenders and they are allowed to use the bathroom they identify as. A lot of people got angry, hurt Target’s bottom line. If it was just one or two people and they were continually trying to get people to stop going there then that would be an issue. And with a good company, generally you will have anywhere from 1-10% of consumer issues. Really should not hurt the underlying companies reputation especially when all you had to do was make a formal complaint to the company and they could rectify the problem by doing an investigation and either clear up the matter or if an employee is a problem they can either write up a warning or they will be let go depending on the circumstances. Sure it would hurt that employee from having a job but at the same time they were not following the companies guidelines.

In an essence what you do affects other people and often times that can come back on you as Karma. Are we as Christians automatically forgiven for sins such as these? Well, sure but if you are doing it constantly especially with certain people then yes, it’ll come back to you no matter what because you have not learned a lesson here. We are forgiven, but at the same time have to learn from our mistakes. So the next time you get yelled at work, got cut off by someone.. just make sure you are not doing anything to provoke it. It could be Karma getting the best of you. It’s better to be nice and respect everyone because you will get that in return. It is never a good thing to tell someone that life is full of trouble either because then you are also creating unnecessary trouble on those people, if people think life is trouble then they will constantly run into problems.

And this is what i am dealing with because people like my father cannot keep it simple. Life is too short to be constantly worried, stressed out, angry, depressed or whatever it is. Life should not be trouble, life should not be filled with pain, anger and hate. Yet it is, but we have to find ways to shield ourselves from all of that because we have to deal with situations with the least amount of problems associated with it. I certainly do not and cannot deal with problems as they arise unless it’s the only thing i am really focused on. If i got 100 diff problems they are going to be overwhelming because i simply can’t deal with every one of them at once. One thing at a time.

And i really do need a vacation after i get my new home. My realtor just told me my home inspection can’t work because the utilities are not on. So basically i took a day off for nothing.. but at least i have a day off. Do some shopping and talk to my insurance company (hopefully) but if not at least i got a moment of reprieve because i so desperately need it.

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Carmax is a great place to get a used or even a new vehicle for many reasons. One being (if they still do this) they won’t push you into buying a car. Carmax won’t haggle you for price, what you see on the car is what you basically pay for, which is great. You even get a five year warranty with the new car you just bought. However, once that warranty is over things get a little hectic. I even talked to a guy who works at an auto-part store who just bought a car, tried to make an appointment a week before his 30 day warranty “guarantee everything works or we’ll fix it for free” but, there was no room for an appointment so he was scheduled for a week later (2 days after the 30 days were up) & he didn’t get the 30 day guarantee because he came in after the 30 days. Well of course the owner of the vehicle wrote a letter to corporate saying that he wasn’t going to go back to Carmax again. Unfortunately i don’t remember the rest…

My story about Carmax is much better. They did a better job treating me even though i realized their repair shop is a bit expensive. They charge about as much as a regular dealer & every once in awhile i will take my car in to get the oil changed & for them to do an inspection to make sure everything on the car is running properly. 11 years & it still runs well, i thought there was something wrong with the A/C but they told me it was running fine. But when they took off one of my tires, they noticed that two lug nut bolts (also known as bolt stems) were broken off, right next to each other, most likely due to the crazy snowstorm of 2011. Before i took my car in every time i braked there was some kind of buckling that sounded like the rotor wasn’t completely stationary. Well.. in order for them to replace those bolts, they were going to charge me $120!

“$120!?!

You have to be kidding me!”

Well that’s what i thought in my mind, i declined it & even though the service consultant told me that it was unsafe to drive on just 3 working bolts. I had to sign a waiver & i was feeling nervous driving home.  Fortunately it was my day off so after i paid & got my car back i head towards Gurnee for an auto-part store. A friend also had some tools in that area so i figured i’ll head that way. Of course everywhere i went (had to take side roads) there were bumps & the speed limits were pretty high so it was hard for me to get home at lower speeds, i really wasn’t sure how fast i should have been going but after realizing that 40-50 seemed like a good area of speeds. It was really hard because many other drivers usually will drive the speed limit or higher. Which is a pain! What bothered me more was since gas prices are high why is everyone driving 55 or higher? Well i did make it to my friends place with the parts which only cost me $10. So you mean to tell me i would have had to pay $110 for labor? I ended up having to drive to my place because my friend didn’t have the right size for a particular tool & i really wanted to get it done so that i don’t have to worry about one of my tires falling off. Well needless to say with the right tools it would have been a fairly easy task. I could have done this for someone for about no more then $30 in labor.

It’s just shocking how even a place like Carmax would leave a person stranded if they can’t pay a particular amount of money for an easy fix. You’re pretty much screwed. If more then 3 of those bolts were broken off i don’t think it would be very safe to drive on it & i probably would have been forced to pay the amount for replacements. In all.. that was pretty screwed up, just for an oil change & a tire rotation. From now on i think i’ll be doing my own tire rotations.

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