Haste Makes Waste

I pride myself in having the discernment of knowing when to not take shortcuts, those times when doing so could likely end up costing more work or taking more time.  Conversely, I also know which shortcuts are actually worthwhile.  This applies to travel, repairing things, performing work, and so forth.  Although I don’t believe in luck, some people seem to have better fortune than others.  If you’ve seen — and happen to remember — the movie “Just My Luck” you were treated to both extremes of this situation: one person who expected everything to always work out — and it did — and the other who expected that everything would go wrong — and it did.

A few weeks ago, I did an uncharacteristically “low percentage” move, one born out of laziness or haste or a combination thereof, it was a decision with a high likelihood of disaster.

I was hand mowing around my house with the push mower; I neglected to first pick up the hoses.  Upon seeing the first hose, not wanting to stop the mower, I tipped the deck up, slowly and carefully pushing it over the hose.  Everything went as I hoped.  At the back of the house, the process was repeated for the second hose.  This time, it was done a little less carefully and a little quicker — the results were not pleasant, with bits of rubber flying in all directions.  Now I had to stop the mower.

So, for not wanting to take a few seconds to stop the mower and move the hose, I ended up spending about a half an hour, going to the hardware store, buying a replacement fitting, and wrestling it into place.  Now my hose is a few feet shorter as a result.

Haste does indeed make waste.  I hope I learned my lesson.

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