Better Think About What You’re Doing

What’s the BEST way to finally realize that things are not going well?  Depends on the situation, the subject, and other variables, but one thing really stands out.  Have any idea what it is?

Ever done any of these?

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Situation #1:    It’s sprinkling outside just as you pull into a parking space before going into the store for some necessary shopping.  You pop open the car door, just buck up and trot a bit and go on.  You know that a few rain drops won’t ruin anything.  Your caution is considered and forgotten so you take a cart and go do your thing as you planned.  You get to the register and reach for the checkout and realize it’s in the glove compartment (or your briefcase) in the car.

You go on out – you have to have the checkbook to pay for your stuff, so run for it because it is raining a little harder.  Get back inside, get in line and you’re ready to take your treasures and go on as planned.  You get to the door, and it is pouring rain.  Yes, your umbrella is at home.  No choice, you’re committed.  Get everything in the car, goodies exposed to the rain, your suit is soaked (and if you’re a lady, the hair is a mess), and the temper gauge is slightly over the red line.  End result, you vow you will never do that again, but you already know it will happen again and you will do it all over again plus with another vow you’re probably gonna break.

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Situation 2:      You’re running late – very late one morning.  Late for work (or whatever, maybe a doctor’s appointment) and traffic is a little heavier and slower than normal.  You finally get frustrated and start blowing the horn, passing in tight places, even going down the right side of the road, outside of the backed up traffic.  Get to the head of the line, the light is red but there is no one coming, so you “blow” the red light.  Possible rewards could be many; accident, cause an accident, maybe a trophy from a friendly policeman.  You just might get away with it – once or twice – maybe.  Keep it up and you will soon get a reward!!!

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Situation 3:      Getting ready to go visiting someone you don’t really know or maybe never have even met yet.  What to do, how to act, what to say, how to dress – all these questions going through your mind – and no apparent answers.  Play it by ear you think, you can survive almost any question that comes up.  What to do – well, start by being natural and be yourself.  This one can easily be handled with just a minimum of thought.  How to act – well again, just act naturally, but show respect.  (i.e., Don’t put your feet on the coffee table – don’t do that one.)  What to say – keep it light, keep it simple and let the host lead the direction of the conversation.  That’ll work.  How to dress – casual is the answer on this one, that’s you.  WRONG!!!  Murphy ’s Law just took control and the red flag should go up.  I personally advise to dress just a bit over what casual will be.  You never know.  If you’re somewhat over dressed, no big deal, but if your too casual, it is a serious mark against you.   Most people judge by first impression, and the very first impression is always visual.

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 Situation 4:      Drop in visit without calling first.  Been there, done that and also had it happen.  Many times you will get away with it, but someday it will be the wrong thing to do, and it can end badly.

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 Situation 5:      Do or said something dumb on your own, whatever you did or maybe you had it done to you – maybe you said the wrong thing or maybe it was right but at the wrong time?  Think about it.

 Answer to all of the above seems to be “gut feeling”!  If it doesn’t really feel right – if it makes you stop and think – or maybe it’s just an inkling of trouble, you’re probably right, it isn’t always the best answer to the problem.  You better either reject the action, or at least back down and re-think your position.  Many times the “gut feeling” just turns out to be a false warning, but many times that feeling can also keep you away from a very embarrassing situation.

 What about this situation?

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Miami

Do you think I could sell this picture of this yacht without the proper signatures?

I probably would face a very large law suit – and lose!

(Yes, we took the picture from our motel while we were in Miami 2 years ago.)

This also applies to taking pictures.  I once believed that candid photos were the best, but I have changed my mind.  Get permission for taking the picture from your victim — They just might not want that picture and if you insist, you might be the target of – well, you get the idea.

 Also, make sure you are legal if you intend to sell a photo.  The first thing to ask yourself is “if I intend to sell this, do I have the appropriate signatures on the legal form so I don’t get sued later?”   If there is any doubt in your mind, don’t do it.

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About royandsherry

Roy is retired military as a radar controller, both Airborne and Ground. Spent 9 years as a Radio Announcer and retired from the corporate world after 14 years as an information analysist, working with classified information for a computer chip manufacturer. Roy is a commercial pilot (ASEL) and has a degree in Interstate Commerce Commission law. Sherry worked as an aircraft parts inventory specialist as a government employee, later as a scheduler and coordinator for a large flight school and retired from the corporate world as a legal administrative assistant for a very large computer chip manufacturer.
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