Thursday, September 28, 2023

Don't Get Careless

By Tim Gamble

We all get careless from time to time. This morning was one of my time to get careless. 

I had somewhere to be early this morning. It was time sensitive. I was rushing around the house getting ready. And it was one of those mornings where there seemed to be 101 other distractions going on. In my haste and distraction, I left the house without my phone. My first careless mistake.

I was a couple miles away from my home when my car started overheating. Steam coming from under the hood. I was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. No stores, no gas stations, and no visible homes around me. I pull over on the side of the road, intending to grab the bottle of engine coolant I keep in the back as part of my vehicle kit. I could refill the coolant and get back home, or so I thought.

It wasn't there. I remembered that I had used it months ago for my other vehicle, intending to replace it in a couple of days. I didn't. My second careless mistake.

Eventually, everything worked out. But it surprised me. Me. A 20+ year veteran of preparedness. Unprepared for a simple car break-down. Frustrating. 

So, what lesson can I learn? Simply this: Don't get careless. But how?

How Not To Get Careless

The first thing I should have done was to have immediately replaced the engine coolant I used months ago. No procrastination. No putting things off until later. 

The second thing I should have done was to have gotten ready earlier so that I would have been less rushed. Don't wait until the last minute to do things. 

The third thing I should have done was to quickly go through a mental checklist of what I needed as I left the house. Car keys? Check. Wallet? Check. Reading glasses? Check. Phone? Nope. I need to go back inside and get it. 

Carelessness usually results from poor planning, undue haste, poor organization, and/or a lack of focus. We all, especially me, need to work on these areas. 
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1 comment:

  1. Glad to see I'm not the only prepper to every once in awhile get caught not being prepared. Sorry to read about your misadventure.
    My wife loves to needle me when something goes sideways and it's the one thing a didn't prep, didn't replace, forgot, etc.
    She'll say, "(My Name)...the Great Prepper??!!" with an eyeroll for effect.


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