I woke up at about 5:30 Friday morning. It didn’t take me long to figure out I was cold. Very cold.

I knew that the forecast called for a drastic drop in temperature from a day or two before, but I still felt colder than I thought I would. I soon realized why. From the sound my furnace was making, I figured out it wasn’t working.

Knowing I could do nothing about it so early in the day, I rolled over and was able to fall back to sleep.

The next time I woke up, I wasn’t able to fall back to sleep. But, it wasn’t due only to the cold.

My response to what I thought was a broken furnace made it too hard to sleep. Can you predict my thoughts? When would the repairman be able to come? What if many other people are already on the list for repairs? It’s Friday – if someone can’t come today I’ll have to pay more on the weekend. I leave soon on a trip so it’s got to get fixed. How much will it cost? Where will the money come from? … Perhaps you can relate.

I eventually made it out of bed and walked toward the thermostat because I was curious to see how cold it had gotten overnight. That’s when I saw a message, rather than the temperature, on the control panel.

Low battery.

Oh my goodness. I was instantly relieved. I found new batteries, exchanged the old for the new, and then read that it was 57°. The furnace instantly went to work heating my home. I praised God and relaxed. At the same time, I was disappointed in myself for being so pessimistic.

That night, at a Christmas celebration dinner, I told a friend, “I wish I would’ve had more faith and not had so many negative thoughts.”

Louise very kindly responded that she was sure most people would’ve reacted as I did.

Compassion. It’s a beautiful thing.

I believe most logic-smart people probably would have responded as I did. We are the ones who think with questions. We often begin analyzing situations before we have all the information. If we’re not careful, our pattern of thinking can become very negative. And, we can be guilty of trying to solve the problem independently of others.

As I often teach, thinking with questions isn’t a bad thing … it’s a logic-smart thing. I need to continually use this intelligence in good and healthy ways and reign it in when I feel it drags me down. I need to remember I’m an optimistic person. I shouldn’t forget that when I choose to use my logic-smart strengths.

Can you relate? Or, is this something to talk with your children about?

Let’s be smart with our smarts! And, let’s be compassionate toward ourselves and others. That’s smart!