Resolve

Whoever says that the Earth isn't conscious is A, lying to themselves and B, to everyone else who believes their idiocy.

I swear, life has a way of testing your resolve and your personal growth, especially at the beginning of your week after having an awesome weekend. It's like it's built-in to verify whether or not you are who you say you are? The Universe be like: "Oh you've grown, n*gga? ***rubs hands together like Birdman and makes bird call***  Okay, bet. Let's find out for sure."

This morning I received a call from my lady after she attempted to put air in one of her car's tires at the local Sheetz. She told me the pump wasn't working and that it made a bad situation potentially worse. She drove there on approximately 20 PSI in her front left tire and was stuck with 11 PSI. Not cool.

So to ensure that she would arrive to work on time and safely, I drove to meet her and switched cars. Then the fun began. The air pump obviously wasn't working so I began a search to find a functioning one. I thought it would be a simple search and rescue, but nah.

The following events took place this morning, Monday, September 18, 2017 in Manassas, VA. I would give you the '24' countdown with sound effects and sh*t, but I'm not Jack Bauer and it's really not that serious. 😂

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Sheetz - Air Pump wasn't working.

7 Eleven #1 - Air Pump wasn't working.

Exxon #1 - Air Pump wasn't working.

BP - Air pump was working. Accepted quarters only. I didn't have any quarters on me. No ATM on site. No cashback option. Foreign cashier had bad attitude.

Exxon #2 - Rinse and repeat. Air pump wasn't working. Accepted quarters only. I didn't have any quarters on me.  No ATM on site. No cashback option. Foreign cashier had bad attitude.

7 Eleven #2 - Success. Air pump was working. I was able to use the ATM on-site and get some much-needed cash. I purchased some Skittles and got change to use the air pump. Good customer service.

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I drove home and my neighbor was blocking my driveway. Outstanding! All good, though. No problem. I parked in the next available parking spot. I'll move my car later. Mission accomplished.

Before I go, I need to say this. I learned a lot this morning, but I'll mention three things: Self-reliance. Stay ready. Control your temperament.

Self-reliance: I'm buying my own damn air pump.

Stay ready: Like I said, I'm buying my own damn air pump AND I'm keeping quarters in my car from now on.

Control your temperament: A poor attitude will make a "bad" situation potentially worse. You can't always control the situation, but you can control your response to it. I responded very well this morning. I'm proud of myself. My resolve was tested and I succeeded.

So . . . How's your morning? 🤔

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