Earlier this week we bought a new washer and drier. The repair man told us that the bearings on our old washer had gone out, and we’d be better off getting a new washer versus replacing this one. Initially, we were thinking we’d hold off getting a replacement until May, which would align well with a home improvement project we have scheduled. However, after the machine continued to get worse, we decided the best option would be to replace it now, on our own timeline.
My wife and I both agreed that as long as we kept using the rapidly deteriorating machine, we ran an ever-increasing risk of it failing in the middle of a load of wash. I don’t know what your experience has been, but appliance failures never seem to occur at a convenient time, and they usually generate unneeded stress and inconvenience. Especially if we knew in advance that a failure was imminent.
We decided that, since we knew we needed to replace the washer, we should do it on a timeframe that is convenient for us versus letting the machine dictate a less convenient timeframe via a massive failure.
I think there are a lot of things in life that we can address on our own timeframe, versus waiting for a failure to determine our timeframe for taking corrective action. These things can range from appliance replacements to adopting a healthier lifestyle to maintaining relationships and beyond.
Let’s be aware of the areas in our lives where we can take action to mitigate unnecessary risks and damage, versus waiting for things to blow up before they get our attention. And when we become aware of these areas, let’s actually take the necessary action when it’s time to act.