I didn’t saw my finger off. I used an electric planer and the finger stayed on. And it definitely wasn’t the best thing ever.
That makes me a big, fat, liar…..but with poetic licence. So that’s OK then.
I did take a good chunk out of my finger and I did need to go to A&E but I was very brave and they gave me a lollipop.
So why the ‘best thing ever’ BS?
It taught me a whopping big lesson and now I do things differently.
I was in a rush to get on with planing a door, picked up the planer, and turned the power on while still holding the bottom (madam) where the big, whirring, blade lives with ‘hilarious consequences’.
So why the big deal?
More than anything that’s happened before (car crashes, nailing hand to table, falling off cliffs etc) it has made me think – I put it down to being medicated and my generally more thoughtful self after years of self treatment.
There has always been the rule of STOP/THINK before pressing send/emerging from a junction/putting kittens into the microwave.
But now? Now I actually stop. And think.
I’ve applied it to everything.
Move the TV while it’s still plugged in?
Nope, it could snag on the cable.
Paint a ceiling while balancing on a couple of boxes?
Get the steps out you lazy git.
I’ve learned to say NO to myself, always finish THIS job.
And things have got better.
I’m tidier and, in the last month, I haven’t drilled a hole in my kneecap.
All I’ve changed is that split second where I used to walk away to do something else – now I don’t do something else – I say STOP, DO THIS.
As usual it sounds glib but it works a treat – it also helps to take five minutes thinking before starting something to make sure it can be done in the available time.
Never move on to something new.
Be determined – procrastination has been knobbling you for years.