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A positive perspective can lead to a positive outcome

Evan ZislisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
YouthZoneEvan Zislis

Sometimes a brighter perspective helps turn a bad situation into the best of times. I was recently asked to present at a convention in Denver. My wife and I decided to bring our six week old baby and make it a weekend visit with her family in Boulder. On the way, my car died and the three of us were stranded on a remote stretch of the interstate. Seemingly, a bad situation, but like most things in life, everything worked out for the best. Between exits and miles from any services, it might have been easy to panic, but a highway patrol officer happened by and offered to call us a tow truck. So far from any services, a tow to the nearest garage would surely be costly; however, after calling my insurance, my road side assistance plan covered a tow to the nearest dealer in Golden. Not sure how we would transport ourselves, the baby and all our stuff, it would have been reasonable for us to worry while we waited for help to arrive. But we had plenty of water and yummy snacks to help keep us calm, and we were fine.When the tow truck finally arrived, we could have been terrified when the driver calmly explained that it was both safe and legal to remain in our car while he transported us on the back of his truck to Golden. Instead of second-guessing our safety, we made a funny video of the experience while the baby slept through the entire thing. When we got to the garage in a torrential downpour, I learned that my engine needed to be completely replaced – a notoriously expensive repair – and that my warranty had expired three days earlier. Facing an exorbitant repair could have been enough to put me over the edge, but I learned a day later that Subaru would cover 100 percent of the cost to rebuild my engine. My wife’s family picked us up in Golden with their van – which was big enough to transport us and our stuff back to Boulder. I was able to borrow another family vehicle to drive myself to the convention in Denver the following day – which turned out to be a screaming success. My wife’s family was thrilled to have a few extra days to visit with the baby, and we all enjoyed each others’ company while we waited several days for my car to be fixed. My appointments were easily rescheduled; my colleagues and clients were all very understanding and accommodating; and my family’s hospitality and generosity was overwhelming.In the end, I had almost $9,000 worth of complimentary repairs, an unexpected opportunity to visit with my family, and a unique opportunity to experience how a different perspective improved my outlook on a potentially bad situation. If you need a little help developing a new point of view of your situation, YouthZone may be able to help. With an improved outlook and a fresh perspective, most things have the potential to work out for the best. YouthZone. Quietly helping communities and families raise great kids since 1976. – Evan Zislis, YouthZone, Division Manager (Aspen-Carbondale) & Community Outreach

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