2009 is off to a rough start for Matt and me. First we had both our cars stolen from our driveway in the middle of the night. We had to cancel all our credit/bank cards because Matt's wallet was in his car (don't ask me why). Then Matt's car was recovered later that day (with about $500 worth of damage). Fortunately, his wallet was still there!
Five days later, Matt had his wallet and his rental car keys stolen at a gas station. Basically, he left them in a bathroom stall, realized it 15 seconds later, went back to the bathroom, asked the guy who was coming out, went back into the stall to look, and followed the guy out of the gas station to ask for his stuff again. The guy yelled that he didn't have Matt's stuff.
Well, the guy did have Matt's stuff, so we had to pay $225 to get another key for the rental car. We also had to cancel all our credit cards (again!), since we had already been sent replacements.
Yesterday, on my way home from Dallas to Houston, I ran out of gas just one mile away from the gas station (I'm totally accepting responsibility for that one!). We had to pay $61 for roadside assistance.
Egad! It's definitely causing stress on our relationship. We fall into arguments really easily when we're stressed/tired/frustrated with life.
On the bright side, it's good practice for the roller coaster that is existence. We aren't always going to be able to control the ups and downs (although we could prevent some of them by being a little more careful!). However, we can control our reactions to those downs. In those anxiety-ridden moments, we can stop and say, "At least we have each other."
When the world around us is unsettled, we need to do our best to keep the center stable. Fighting or getting frustrated with each other only makes the situation worse.