Friday, April 4, 2014

An Ounce of Prevention


Outside the window, my neighbor and his friend are hunched over the engine of an old Dodge Ram truck. From the spitting and sputtering I can hear, there is trouble under that there hood—a lot of it

Truth is, there’s been trouble under there for awhile now. For the past few months—probably the past year—every time my neighbor rolled into his driveway, I sensed a problem. The engine misfired. There was a lurch or two before he switched off the ignition. All of the things that spell trouble.

Today, I watch as they finally get the truck started, only for it to die seconds later. And so began the battle—them versus the truck. After an hour or so of getting the thing started, only to have it die shortly after, the two men walk up the driveway and inside the house, a resigned slump in their shoulders, the truck looming large and silent at the curb.

How often do we detect a problem—whether it’s in a relationship or a Dodge truck—and put off the maintenance until it’s too late? Sometimes things break and cannot be repaired, because of neglect. Relationships deteriorate to the point of no return, for the same reason.

Are you hearing warning signs? Trucks can be repaired easier if you don't ignore that ticking noise under the hood. Relationships can be fixed, if you're willing to do the work. There’s an old saying that goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And so it is.

I’m not sure why I felt the urge to share such a sad little story here on my blog, but there you have it.

And here it is, another weekend upon us already. I’m telling you, this week has flown by like nobody’s business.

Until next time, dear peeps, may the coming days be filled with moments of peace and showers of blessing.

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22 comments:

  1. Thank you for this, sweet Dayle. May you have an extra beautiful weekend :) Love and hugs!

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  2. Just last night, I felt water on the rug in front of the kitchen sink. I let it go, thinking someone had just spilled something. But a nagging feeling grabbed me for a second. No worries, right? This morning? We called the plumber when the entire cabinet was full of water!

    How I wish I had read your truck story yesterday!

    Lesson learned. From both you and my sink!

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  3. Yes, yes, and yes.
    I have a half written post in the bull pen inspired by my mother's surgery on this very topic, or at least SORT OF on it.

    (And I do hope they can fix the old truck easier than it appears they will. That stinks.)

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  4. Dayle. Thank you for such beautiful words. So true about relationships. Thank you for the reminder I will be making some phone calls that need maintenance & nurturing. Have a Beautuful weekend filled with all Gid's best!!

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  5. Great lesson shared.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  6. I'm telling you, you're exactly right.

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  7. What a thought provoking post, Dayle. That an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You are so right- you need to nip the problem in the bud before it irreparable. God bless- xo Diana

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  8. Dayle, this is a great post. I can be a procrastinator at times and have learned the hard way more times than I would like to admit. I will keep this image in my mind the next time I decide to just "slide" by something that I need to take time to do. Have a blessed weekend!

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  9. Thanks for the reminder, dear sister. Neglect is a nasty word.

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  10. Such great advice - we should all pay attention.

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  11. This is always a good reminder. Enjoy your week my friend! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  12. I'm with Diane, it's always a good reminder, and one that we need to hear once in a while. I hope that they get the truck fixed.

    Jen

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  13. Hi Dayle! Great analogy. I wonder if your neighbor could hear the problem like you did? Sometimes I have to give a 'heads up' to others about their relationships to let them know they are headed for some trouble.
    Relationships need a lot of care, they can break down so quickly. You are so right about the ounce of prevention!
    Happy Monday :)
    Ceil

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  14. I love this analogy Dayle. It hits the message right home. And that truck despite it's problems under the hood, looks actually very cool. I guess sometimes we too can present well even though there's something really wrong and which needs our attention . Hope your week is amazing.

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  15. I like the photo of the old truck and I also like your thoughts in this post. Got to keep on top of stuff and relationships to keep things running smoothly.

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  16. Wonderful message here and you speak the truth. Sometimes we neglect the warning signs and then it's too late. It's so important to live in the moment and pay attention to what's happening around us. First time visiting and new follower! I hope you will visit my blog too. xxLeslie

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  17. I am one who jumps on problems before they turn into bigger ones.....I'm not going to end up an old broken down truck....Oh wait I probably will end up old lol!

    Carol

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  18. Yes, it's true...and sometimes we get lazy or too caught up in things to notice the warning signs.

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  19. Unfortunately this is a lesson I've learned all-too-well in my life. Good reminder.

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  20. So true and a good reminder. Blessings to you.

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