As the old saw goes, “A stitch in time saves nine…”
My father used to say that, and it makes sense. If you take care of a problem immediately, you will likely save undue time, effort and trouble later.
It’s like a homespun way of asserting that being proactive beats procrastination any day.
Have your air conditioner checked before it peters out in the middle of a sweltering summer or a subarctic winter. Check your oil before your engine seizes up, leaving you stranded at the side of the road in rush hour traffic.
If something is not right in your personal life, speak up. You might not need to “forever hold your peace,” but speaking now is infinitely better than bottling up your feelings until they turn into resentment and anger.
Take care of yourself. Stop kicking the can down the road when it comes to your well-being.
Do you really need a crisis of any kind? Sure, crises can be calls to action, but a little vigilance goes a long way – and small, preemptive measures can help you correct course in the present.
Take action. Show up at the gym. Throw on your running shoes and go outside.
Politely decline an invitation to some event you have no interest in attending. Call your mother. Show appreciation for the kindness of others.
Call somebody on their bullshit, or they will continue to lie to you because they think you believe them. Do you really have time for that?
By taking small and positive actions, you will reap dividends of peace of mind and of clarity.
Say no when you want to say no.
Extract yourself from toxic situations, people and conversations.
Say yes to the simple steps that lead to a life free from drama, fear, worry and anxiety.
By you I mean me.