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April 1st, 2006
09:39 am


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How to Be an Adult, Lesson #2

Preserve things that are worth preserving: try not to let something go bad, or become unusable, through neglect, carelessness or inattention.

This has a corollary helping tool that Bill has been training me over the years to apply more often:

Try not to set yourself up for trouble.

If you see something and think "That's an accident waiting to happen," change it. Don't walk out of the room and leave something that will be ruined if left that way for too long (something on the stove; an iron skillet soaking in water, etc.) and don't count on your memory when it would take only a moment to fix something right now (close the bread bag as soon as you take the bread out; rinse out the crystal so it's not left in the sink to be broken by someone who doesn't know it's there; move shoes away from the bottom of the stairs, etc.). Set up tracking systems so you know when batteries and oil were last changed, water heater last flushed out, etc., (or do them on a particular schedule) so you are not simply depending on your memory to help you take care of things that need regular maintenance.

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Date:April 1st, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
These and the one from the last post don't just apply to things, but also to relationships, if you think metaphorically. For instance, it's better to do preventative maintenance and talk about things on a regular basis in relationships than to try to fix problems once they've gotten really bad; and "don't set yourself up for trouble" definitely applies!
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Date:April 1st, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
While I generally don't rely on my memory for much (it being sketchy at best), I do like the idea of tracking systems for regular maintenance.

I find few things as irritating as the acts required to maintain one's life. Speaking of which, rent's due today!
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Date:April 1st, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that, when an opportunity for "due dilligence" comes up, if you take it then nothing happens. If you don't take it, something often does.
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