HOses by the Story Teller
April 3, 2017, Hoses
My bride is a person who loves growing things that need water. This love has given me the opportunity to learn about garden hoses. My education began with my first purchase. The hose was too short. It was okay for plants near the house, but plants out by the fence went without. Next came 100’ of heavy duty hose. This taught me that if a hose is long, it is also very heavy and difficult to work with. Next came the mid-range light weight hose. These, I learned, kink easily and are frustrating to work with. Yes, I finally found the right hose. My hose education cost me several hundred dollars and a lot of time.
Actually the cost was reasonable when I consider the life lesson it helped to teach me. During this search for the right hose it finally dawned on me that when my actions are based on assumptions, there is a very good chance that my assumptions will be wrong. This life lesson made a difference in the way I approach things. In my younger years, I believed my assumptions were right and would charge ahead. Today I think it is wiser to start with a few questions. Things may start slower, but life seems to flow better.
Most of my questions are practical and seek information. “How will that be used” and “Considering our schedules, do we have time for this” are typical. On other occasions the questions are probing for wisdom. If I am asking “Is this something we should even be attempting” or “What is at risk by going forward” you can know I will consider the answer very important.
The life lesson - acting on assumptions is not necessarily the wise thing to do.
Moral – A few good questions at the beginning can go a long way toward making life less stressful.