A Dab of Common Sense
I had to take my bride to the big city for a check-up. Mind you it was already in the mid-80's (29°c) when we left. So factor in parking the truck, walking through the hospital, then waiting for the doctor, then leaving. Frankly I was pooped out then. Now add to that not a cloud in the sky, stopping by Walmart, and driving home. Let’s just say we were both showing our age by the time we got back.
Anyway, I couldn’t drink enough water when I got home, then as I laid down to cool off, my landlord shows up to cut the grass. Which means I have to move stuff out of his way (lawn chairs, branches, my truck). After he was done, I walked over to where I park the truck and moved it back.
As I got to the truck, I noticed a breeze was blowing. A fairly warm but steady breeze that was definitely breaking up some of the relentless heat. So I thought for a moment about just sitting outside and enjoying the breeze. But then a dab of common sense spoke to me and said, “go inside, cool off, and come out in the evening when it’s cooler”.
It’s not everyday I let my wiser angels set me on the right path. Most of the time my impulses get the better of me. A lot of times we say things or do things we later regret. What a simpler life you or I would lead if we all just took a moment to breathe, much less think. I’ve written page after page about my misadventures and my just plain stupidity. As we all grow older, let us all grow wiser. Listen to your common sense and think about the next word or action you’re about take.
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