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When my college classmate, whom I’ll rename Maggie, started her car, the sound blasting out of the radio was so loud I was nearly ejected through the sunroof with fright.

Maggie would apologize and explain that her car had been making a funny noise. She kept turning up the volume on the radio so she wouldn’t hear the sound of her car squealing for a tune-up.

Maggie didn’t want to take the time or spend the money to get the car fixed.

Eventually I learned to brace myself upon impact when the car started, because Maggie ignored her car problems for a very long time.

Ultimately, the car would break down at the worse possible place and time, such as on the turnpike when Maggie was on her way to a job interview. And the repair bill was always expensive, especially for a college student.

Have you ever done that?

That wasn’t the only thing Maggie would ignore. She repeatedly missed deadlines, whether it was taking an exam or passing in a term paper. She never felt prepared.  Her fear paralyzed her.

What Maggie never seemed to realize was that the make-up exam was much harder than the original test she could have taken had she powered through her fear.

These are life lessons. Events show up in life to help us grow. If we don’t get the message the first time, we are invited to repeat the experience over and over again, until we learn the lesson. And with each repetition the test gets harder.

In Maggie’s case, ignoring the funny noise of the car was reflective of her bigger issue of ignoring exam deadlines that could jeopardize earning a college degree.

But we humans often ignore these opportunities to grow by taking a passive approach – like Maggie turning up the volume on the car radio.

Next time your personal engine starts squealing for a tune-up, tune-in before there’s a breakdown. The best is yet to come!

(One of my fondest memories of my college graduation day was Maggie graduating that day too!)

Squealing for a Tune-Up

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