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Driving along, with the windows down, stereo full blast, not a care in the world, as long as you don’t count the iriot behind who’s right up your bumper. Oh yes, and the muppet ahead of you that is weaving in and out of the traffic causing everyone to brake. But hey, it’s a pleasure right? 

 

Driving along, with the windows down, stereo full blast, not a care in the world, as long as you don’t count the iriot behind who’s right up your bumper. Oh yes, and the muppet ahead of you that is weaving in and out of the traffic causing everyone to brake. But hey, it’s a pleasure right? To be in control of 1000lbs of mean machine, minding your business.

Your pride and joy has had the very best of care, serviced at regular intervals, all lovingly washed and polished, well ok, has had a ‘lick’ wash through the drive thru and you have even diligently checked the water, oil and brake fluid.
And remembered to feed it the right type of fuel!

So why then is black smoke puthering out of the exhaust? Checking all the usual things, there is no obvious reason for this noxious gas to be polluting the planet. After all, it was serviced two months ago, or was that 6 months ago? And you have been so careful, putting the right oil in haven’t you? So what the heck is causing this blockage?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects so many people and often there is no apparent ‘cause’. Sufferers can find that certain foods or food groups aggravate the symptoms and it is true, we generally do not have enough roughage in our diets, so eating more fibre does help the system move along better. But as to the cause, well that is much more difficult. Or is it?

There is now a growing amount of research evidence that supports the view that stress is a major factor. If you are not sure what stress is, your poor car does. Every time you switch the engine on, it is under stress. All the moving parts carefully engineered, get clogged and worn each revolution of the engine. The stuff it eats is poison and creates sumptuous goo and hardening of its arteries. Ever wondered why oil goes in clear and comes out black? You may know that when you brake hard, drive hard or go on a long journey, your car is under an unusual amount of stress, but do you recognise that to even get to turn the wheels forward once is a small stress on its finely balanced systems?

How does the car tell you that it is ‘stressed out’? In my vast experience that can come in a variety of interesting and ingenious ways. Sometimes there is a knocking, which gets louder, or even worse is intermittent, occasionally, it will refuse to start at all, sometimes it stops mid flow or blows up and sometimes it spews horrible stuff out of the back end.

I don’t think anyone could argue that the human mind is much more capable than the average SUV, what things do you think it would do to try and get you to recognise it needs a break? An overhaul. Exactly how does your brain tell you that enough is enough and get you to take notice? And when you do take a bit of notice, do you think your subconscious mind is not clever enough, unlike an SUV, to keep on reproducing the symptoms or even make them worse until YOU finally get it. Do you think your mind is not clever enough or powerful enough to know that you have noticed these symptoms and then work even harder to make sure you do something about it?

Of course luxury vehicles come with cockpit warning lights fitted as standard. Oil Sir, Water Sir, Service Overdue Sir.

What are your warning lights telling you?

Right now, mine are telling me I need new windscreen wipers.
My specs are filthy!


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