Not My Problem

by Andy Wood on March 7, 2010

in LV Stories

I know about as much about car transmissions as I do about clouds (which for some reason I never studied in school).  I know it makes the car go, and if it ain’t working, your car won’t be going anywhere.  At least, not in the manner to which you’re accustomed.

Now since I’m completely clueless, I’m also at the mercy of somebody who isn’t if something goes wrong with my car-goer.  So when I need transmission service, that’s when I call the folks at A-1 Transmission.

(Ewww.  Does this sound like a commercial or what?)

Seriously, this isn’t about transmission service.  It’s about LifeVesting.  And how a little transmission shop on 34th Street invested in my life in more ways than one.

A couple of months ago my wife reported that we had something major wrong with her vehicle.  Sure enough, when I drove it, it jerked badly when it finally shifted gears, and when I would stop, it took forever to downshift back to first.

Ugh, I thought.  Transmission.

But I did know who to call.  I had gotten good service at A-1 in the past, and so I heaved and jerked over there one afternoon to show them I had a transmission problem.

Crazy thing was, he didn’t take my word for it.  Can’t imagine why.

“Let’s go for a ride,” he said, and asked for the keys.

We drove through the neighborhoods of central Lubbock and it didn’t take the expert long to arrive at a diagnosis.

“It’s not our problem,” he said.  “You need to take it to your mechanic.”

I guess I should pause here to state the obvious.  This guy is in business to make money.  He could have at least asked if I’d had my transmission serviced, and collected a hundred or so for that.  He didn’t.

He could have also been completely dishonest and trumped up some kind of dummy diagnosis for a transmission ignoramus like me, and had me out a coupla hundred or more.  He didn’t do that, either.

He looked at a situation that honestly wasn’t his to fix and had the integrity to invest in my life (and in his good name) by saying, “Go to the real solution to the problem.”

That’s LifeVesting.

Imagine what could happen if others applied the same principle to invest in someone else’s future.

Imagine the government saying to you, “No, you keep your money.  Your problem isn’t the government’s to solve.”

Imagine the parents of a young adult saying, “I’m sorry, we can’t bail you out this time.  This is your solution to find, not ours.”

Imagine coworkers saying, “Sorry.  As they say, ‘failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.’”

Imagine the pastor or counselor or social worker who dares to say, “I have no clue what to tell you.  You’re on your own with this one… oh, and keep your money.”

What kind of world would it be if people willingly embraced what was theirs to solve, and just as willingly released that which was somebody else’s responsibility – even if it cost them some money in the process?

It would be a LifeVesting world… doing more than we had to, more often than we needed to, for less money than we deserved… but with a larger view in mind.

I know what some of you are thinking.  “Yeah, yeah, LifeVesting.  But what happened to the car?” If you must know, I took it to the mechanic.  Turns out there was a vacuum hose that came loose underneath.  And when it came time to settle the bill, he said, “Oh, just give it to my buddy at A-1.”

Or not.

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Julie Blackburn March 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm

WOW, just what I needed to hear today.

Thank you

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