When I was an instructor, the one thing I always stressed, ‘do not assume’. It is not original, the definition has been around for years. As the Wise Man of old said, “There is nothing new under the sun!”.
To Assume, makes an ASS out of U & ME.
Yep, I still do that myself. When Shirl was going thru the huge job of ‘downsizing’, she had to learn to depend on someone doing what they promised, she had to learn not to assume that the ‘painter, electrician, plumber or carpet man’ will be there when he said he would. Until you learn that, your stress level will go thru the ceiling.
There was a time when 90% of all tradesmen would give their word, and you could take it ‘to the bank’. Today that percentage has declined (in my opinion), to less than 10% keeping their word, to the letter. Sherry & Shirl always say, “At least they could call!” They are right of course, but that urgency is not there anymore. The attitude is more like: I’ll get there when I get there!
When I started building, I learned that getting upset and changing ‘subs (sub contractors)’ usually back fired except in rare cases. They all seemed to be running on the same fuel. Ever get in a traffic jam and try to go around it, and find out that too many others are trying the same thing.
In the last couple days we have had contractors come by to give some estimates for paving. They have been on time. I hope when we choose, that the work will be done on time.
I also have learned ‘Do not assume’ that because the turn signal is on, that the driver is going to turn. He may be deaf like me, and his wife is not there to tell him, the signal light is still on!!!
Living in an RV and leaving your awnings out when you leave, is ASSUMING that you are not gong to have any high winds’. Lose one awning and you will NEVER assume that again.(voice of experience)
Sorrowfully, I do not assume that every marriage is going to last. Just in the last few months, marriages that I thought were solid as a rock, have broken up.
If you need to apologize to someone, DO IT, do not assume you or they will be around next week, one of you may be pushing up daisies by then.
Now I hope I will be back tomorrow. Thanks for being here today.
PS: A spiritual thought!
A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, "So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That's very commendable. What does she say?"
The little boy replied, "Thank God he's in bed!"
According to some, this is one of the worlds ugliest cars, not that bad to me The AMC PACER:
A pregnant roller skate with front doors of different sizes.