I was running late.
Had just a couple of minutes before I had to head back to class, figured I had just enough time to get the part.
Walked in the door of our local auto parts store. Two guys behind the counter and three people in line.
I felt a tight knot in my stomach.
I had tried to squeeze too many things in. Had not yet learned the importance of building margin into my schedule.
Then I saw it…. a sign on the wall, about the size of a piece of typing paper.
It put everything into perspective.
I left the store without the part that day.
I first encountered that sign 45 years ago, and to this day I still refer to it in my personal dealings with people…..
Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part
Agreed to help another carpenter with a large project this past fall. The project meant a couple of months of steady work/ great pay… At the last minute, the financing fell through. I had scheduled my fall work around that job, and suddenly found myself scrambling to stay busy….
Same project was rescheduled to start this Spring. I was told, it would be ready for us, late May/ early June… then got bumped back to first week of July…then 3 weeks ago, we got an e-mail that they wouldn’t be ready for us until early August.
Right about that time, Paul approached me about finishing off their basement, and since I wasn’t going to be needed until early August, it fit perfectly into my schedule. Lined up an electrician, a plumber and a drywall finisher.
Start date July 1st.
Got a phone call on Monday…the large project will be ready mid July. (Not early August).
It took me a little bit to sort this one through. Keeping my word is important to me, and I had given my word to the other carpenter that he could count on me with the large project.
Then I remembered that sign from the auto parts store.
Bet you’ll never guess where I’ll be working mid July. 🙂
Well, I have time to spray the orchard this morning. No wind. Perfect conditions. Currently shaping up to be the best apple crop we’ve ever had….
Take care. DM