• High Hopes 19 February 2014 | View comments

  • Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.

    Brian Tracy


    We are potty training our 2 yr old son, and have a sticker chart - when he gets to ten stickers he can get a car. Not a real car, obviously, but a toy one. Not from a proper shop, but from Oxfam, where they have a box of old toy cars for 49p each, or sometimes even two for 49p... 

    I was worried that he might bankrupt us if he went on the potty too many times a day. I needn't have worried. We have four loads of washing, no tumble dryer, more rainy days to look forward to, and a strong smell of urine in our sons' room. I've been sniffing around all day, trying to find the source of the smell.  

    This (above) was the car he chose...

    It was only when he got home that we realised it had no wheels at all. 

    After a period of weeping (him) and demanding to go back to the (by now closed) shop, he seemed philosophical about the situation, even going so far as to say "Race car! No wheels! Neeee-owwwwwm."

    This seemed even more unlikely than his statement the previous day, spotting our 14 year old Honda Civic in the street (it's hard to get a parking space in our road, and it's even harder to know where it might be when I wasn't the one who parked it last) he said "There's our car, our race car, it's got racing wheels! Neeee-oowwwwm"




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