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The Audi Lesson
Published:
4/16/2014 3:41:27 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali


A close friend of mine was involved in an automobile accident in New Jersey about three weeks ago. It happened while he was on his way to work.

He was injured, though not very seriously, and enough damage was done to his late model vehicle to require that the offending party’s insurance company declared his vehicle a total loss. It could have been a lot worse. After informing me of his accident and having to be declared unable to work at one of his jobs, my friend started seeing a doctor for his injuries as prescribed by his lawyer. He’s kept me abreast of his conditions because we are very close, and we’ve have been through much together as a result of our special Newark, New Jersey, bond and brotherhood.

Well, he had just informed me that he had received a buyout settlement from the offender’s insurance company. Though not much, he had to either get another cheaper, newer model late model car or put the settlement towards a higher-priced later newer model vehicle, which he didn’t want to do for financial reasons. I fully understood where he was coming from as he explained his limited options.

My friend told me that the best option for him was to see if he could get a used vehicle from a private owner, who he hoped would have a “deal” for him, because he or she more than likely would be willing to take the rather small amount of cash that was offered him in the settlement deal. He earnestly began his bargain shopping hunting for that special affordable gem that was just waiting for him to purchase.

After many days and nights of scouring the newspapers and want ads, he came across three or four nice (by ad descriptions) older luxury cars. He investigated them all, including going to several locations in northern and southern New Jersey to check them out.

And then, after much consideration and input from a valued mechanically inclined friend of his in Newark, he told me that he had made up his mind to buy a clean looking, late model Audi that seemed to catch his eye, even though there appeared to be some “minor” mechanical flaws that he was concerned with. I was happy that he had made a choice but the possible problem of buying someone else’s headache concerned me very much. I related that to him.

My friend didn’t seemed fazed by the uncertainties of the Audi automobile that he was buying because he said he’d leave up to God Alone to steer him right. I listened, and I heard him say all along, as I was hoping, that he’d made the right decision. When I expressed my feelings to him, he said he felt that he had to go with his intuition about buying the car. Honestly, that’s what he should have done and eventually did. It was his move, and he had to be satisfied internally with his choices.

As I always say, “Life is what it is,” and it is about making choices no matter what they are. And that includes, for example, from choosing relationships to selecting automobiles, and in encountering those alternatives, you never know what you are going to get. It’s like a roll of the dice.

I don’t gamble with known games of chance, but we all, as “hue-mans,” seem to be in some kind of guessing games of chance and luck at times, making random and regretful choices that affect us in some way. Sometimes, we roll the dice (pardon the pun), and you just have to roll with the resultant punches and say “let the chips fall where they may.”

That’s the rather debonair philosophy my friend took in finally deciding to purchase the late model used vehicle he bought. After completing the sale, heading home and about an hour into transporting the Audi to his apartment, an engine warning light appeared and concern immediately began to flare up.

If that wasn’t enough testing from God Alone, later on, after about another twenty-or-so more minutes into his journey, as you’d probably guess, another check engine warning light came on. Undaunted, and forever the optimistic trooper, my friend finally got his selected prized vehicle home and still apprehensively hoping that everything was going to be okay, he called me to tell me what was happening.

With typical unruffled resolve after telling me of his mishaps, he said that he was going to keep the auto, even though he’d spent almost all of his settlement funds in buying it minus about one hundred dollars left. He said that he was going to get said problematic caution lights checked out, and he wasn’t going to let a few problems detour him from enjoying what he felt was still a good deal on the auto, because its listed current retail value was worth about two thousand dollars more than what he’d paid for the Audi.

My friend’s a good man, even though as you read, you may doubt that he knows a whole lot about purchasing an automobile sight unseen. Well, he’s not alone in that selection aura, because we’re all like that in many ways. I’ve chosen a few “clunkers” in my life in many areas, and if you’re honest like most “colored” folk I know are, you’ll have to say candidly, “Who hasn’t.”

Whatever your opinion may be of my friend’s choice of buying the Audi without possibly checking the car out further, the bottom line is that in life’s decision making processes, we all just never know what we’re going to end up with.

Did I hear you say, “Amen?” Again, from relationships to cars, etc., you never know what you’re to get or end up with when it comes to making spot or emotional choices. Life is still about making choices to the best of your ability and insight.

There’s a lesson I believe in my friend’s decision to go with the Audi purchase that reflects most “hue-mans’” choices or lessons in life. We sometimes don’t know the beforehand certainty of most selection arenas that we have to face in life. Life is such a historic complex mind field of erratic choices and vague dilemmas until most of us are stymied by making indecisions of any kind. Like I said before, “life is what it is,” and only the Most High Alone knows all and what’s best for us in us all circumstances and situations.

This article is not about denouncing any one particular make of auto or declaring that my friend didn’t know what he was doing. To the contrary, he acted on what he felt about what he “sight—saw”, and that’s what I believe most ethnic “hue-man” beings do, including me, when we select most things.

There’s a lesson to be learned from everything in life’s experiences. You have to go with what you know to the best of your ability, and leave the rest to the Creator Alone. My friend did.

Oh, by the way, my friend’s faith was rewarded. The repairs to his vehicle were minimal, and he’s now driving in a superbly better “ride” than the one that was hit. He thanked the Most High Alone for protecting him in the accident and now providing him with an elegant automobile.

What a lesson. I believe that you get the picture behind today’s message. Enjoy the ride, and for today and always’ that’s, “As I See It.”

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