I wasn’t much of a handyman in my first house. Some things I had to learn the hard way, barely evading death or serious injury. One such experience came when I decided to remove a patch of drywall in the bathroom. I jammed a 6″ saw tooth blade into the wall and before I could even start hacking away, I found the precise spot where electrical wires were fitted to the stud. A powerful jolt of electricity hollered at me as if to say, “YOU IDIOT!” Visible sparks flickered about in an odorous puff of smoke just inches from my face. The circuit breaker tripped. The room was left dark. I was shaking like a leaf! “WOW, that was stupid!” I said to myself.
Many years have passed since that first terrible encounter with electrical current. I now approach the subject with great reverence. In fact, I’m a little too cautious and quickly hire an electrician regardless of expense (in my mind, that’s a small price to pay).
I’ve never seen anyone bypass the playground to take their kids to an electrical plant. Sure, we may ignore the speed limit, but never a high voltage sign. Ironically, the high voltage isn’t the killer in our lives, it’s low voltage! In other words…
“we dig our graves with our teeth.”
It’s not the first cigarette that kills you nor is it the last argument which causes divorce. It’s the “pack a day” for 30 years or the premarital baggage and built up resentment over time that prevents the “happily ever afters.” The kids who avoid the first cigarette as if it had a “high voltage” sign are the winners. The same goes for the diet of cheesecake, Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Fudge Rounds; or the marriage based on deceit or wandering eyes (including other body parts). Staying FAR away from the small discrepancies ensures peace and safety.
THE CHALLENGE: I recommend using this idea in conjunction with “goal punching?” (You can read about it here.)
When you are faced with a small discrepancy, treat it like a massive one. Take immediate mental action by putting a “high voltage” sign on it. Stop telling yourself a little bit won’t hurt. Just because you don’t see visible sparks doesn’t mean you aren’t getting zapped. A little bit does hurt. Small leaks are capable of sinking big ships.
Photo by Ian Bailey-Mortimer