Before I Speak…

Yesterday…I got caught up in a situation…when…someone else…reacted…to a situation…by…becoming…Chicken Little

The sky is falling…the sky is falling…

When…in fact…acorns were merely landing on their head…

Of course…I had a choice…join in the march to tell the King…or…stay at home and see what happened…

Unfortunately…I was off to see the King…wearing my best ruby red slippers…just in case he was a Wizard

When all was said and done…there was a lot of egg…on a lot of faces…and…yes…even though I was in the back of the line…some of it splattered on me…

Bertha…didn’t show up until after the…parade…was over…then…she reminded me…what I learned during years of management positions…be proactive…not…reactive

But…had to ask…how could I be proactive in this situation…it was one of those things that just blindside me…it wasn’t even an oak tree…no one could have seen the acorn coming…

That’s when she reminded me…that…being proactive…does mean…planning ahead…figuring out the what-ifs…making contingencies…but…when…things happen that are outside of my plan…I can still be proactive…if I just practice what…Mama…has told me all of my life…

Think…first…act…later

Oh…well…yeah…that…

Kabong

That’s the sound of me thinking…

Jane

A Rubber Band in Time Saves Braces…

Yesterday…I went to the dentist…not my favorite thing to do…and I’m getting more hesitant the older I get…isn’t that supposed to go in the other direction…shouldn’t I be more comfortable going now than when I was a kid…Bertha…says…that the reason is because when I was a kid I didn’t require much real…work…

And…when I think about it…that’s true…my first real memory of the dentist was going to…George Francis Carraway…for…false teeth…I was in the first grade…

What…you are probably asking…

I’ll explain…I had lost my four top front teeth…the front two had grown back but not the two on the side…incisors…I think…anyway…as time went along…my front teeth started to enjoy all that space…and they were separating…forming a nice little gap…Mama took me to George Francis for advice…his recommendation was to put a tiny freezer rubber band…the kind used to secure freezer bags in the day before ziplocks…around my teeth…and because my gums were malleable…this would eventually bring the teeth together…and then he would make me a partial plate…to hold the space until the other teeth came in…

Note…the partial plate would cost $25…versus braces down the road which would have cost upwards of $200…yeah…it’s been quite a few years…

Anyway…bright and early the next morning…Mama put on the rubber band before she went to work…when she came home for lunch…my teeth were touching…everyone was surprised that it worked so quickly…and my false teeth were made…

Now…you can imagine…false teeth to a kid my age were like another toy…and…quite the attention getter…I was pretty good at running them out on my tongue just for shock value…fun times as I recall…

I wore that little partial for the two years it took to grow incisors…why it took so long…I’ll never know…but…I’ve always had straight teeth…never needed braces…never spent all that money…or had all that discomfort…due to the ingenious solution by our hometown dentist…action taken…before it became a major problem…

Bertha…reminds me that it is that way in life…prevention is easier…and usually cheaper than repairs…whether it’s maintaining my teeth…my car…my weight…or a myriad of other things…it’s usually less painless and expensive…and requires less effort…to keep them in good order than to try to get them back that way…she says it in a fancier way…being proactive rather than reactive…

She says she’s been trying to tell me this for years…but I wasn’t listening…as my tongue finds the tender spot from yesterday’s visit…and…I look at the number on the scale…I really wish I had…

Maybe it’s not too late…

Jane