I have no data to back that up, but I’m going to go with it anyway.
For instance, the dashboard on my van has a little light that that say “TPMS.” My owner’s manual tells me this stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. It is supposed to turn on a different little flat tire symbol if my tires are low. And it has done so in the past.
But no longer.
This winter, despite having new sensors installed and reset and reset-and then reset again-the TPMS light goes on and off willy-nilly. And it has no relationship at all to tire pressure. For instance, if it’s really cold, the TPMS light goes on. But then probably goes off after a short drive. If it’s not too cold it stays off. Unless it feels like coming on a half hour down the road.
Initially, I was vexed about the TPMS light.
I live in the mountains, so the nearest TPMS Light Resetter Shop is a long way away. But then I rememered that life is 90% perspective. (Does repeating that statistic make it sound more legitamate? I thought so too.)
Knowing the TPMS is unreliable at best, I’m doing what I’ve always done, which is to keep track of the pressure in my tires myself. And instead of staying vexed, I’m changing the acronymn. I’ve decided TPMS means This Probably Means Something.
What does it mean? I have no idea. But it probably means something.
I like to picture my van as some wise old sage giving me soft spoken advice. Maybe this means something bad is on the horizon. But maybe it means I’m about to be given a thousand dollars. Or a cookie. One never can be sure.
Now, when the cheerful orange TPMS light pops on, I look around eagerly to see What Does It Mean?
See? Life is 90% perspective.
How about you? Have you changed your perspective on anything important like tire pressure lights? Has it made a difference?