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Unexpected Breakdown
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The day I was scheduled to leave on a recent trip to Phoenix, I became deathly ill. The night before I tossed and turned, waking with chills and a fever. Suddenly, my body began expelling everything imaginable. You get the picture. As the waves of nausea settled I crawled back into bed pale and listless. I was so weak I could barely sit up. How would I ever be able to make my afternoon flight, I wondered?

Amazingly, I did make it but only with the assistance of many helpful people. A dear co-worker picked me up, carried my luggage to her car and drove me to Burbank. There, thoughtful airport workers checked my luggage, printed my boarding pass, grabbed my carry-on’s and whisked me to the security check-in point via wheelchair. From there I was wheeled to the gate and given priority boarding. Boy this is great! I thought.

In Phoenix I was taken care of in the same wonderful manner and then picked up by a neighbor who drove me home. As we sped along, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of broken down vehicles on the side of the freeway. Every few miles I’d see one, all hobbled out with the hood jacked open, or sometimes just abandoned by the side of the road. Most of them were older, probably too old to speed along at 70 m.p.h in 110 degree heat indefinitely.

Time to slow down

Those broken down cars reminded me of myself. I haven’t taken very good care of my vehicle lately, I thought. Only 4 hours of sleep, two nights in a row and not the best of food. No wonder I’m all hobbled out like these broken down cars!

Our bodies are marvelous machines. They are strong, yet fragile, resilient but breakable. They have an amazing defense system with incredible recuperative powers. But they can be destroyed. Just as with our automobiles, if we don’t take care of them now, we will pay the price later. Could it be time for a tune-up?
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