Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
― Confucius

I’ve done some stupid stuff. Looking back, most of my mistakes were rooted in hurry, insecurity, laziness, or anger. Have you noticed when stupid stuff happens, it’s like falling dominoes?

Age 30, give or take. I pulled up to the house in my wife’s compact import. I was too lazy to do things right and too much in a hurry to get into the house, so I parked in the middle of the driveway instead of pulling into the garage. I told myself I would come out later to squeeze it in next to my big lifted truck, already secured in the garage.

Morning came and I was late for work. I take pride in being on time, all of the time (sounds like I’m considerate but it also may be rooted in insecurity). I went into the garage through the side door, hit the garage door opener and slammed my truck in reverse. I looked over my right shoulder like a good driver should but totally forgot I left the little car in the middle of the driveway. Forgot about it. Couldn’t see it. Smashed into it. And I mean Smashed!

Well, that event was cause for pause. I went into the house to confess the stupid. When my wife saw the disaster, she looked at it and then looked at me. She repeated this process at least three times before saying, “How did you do this?” Amazing how fast we can go from being a hero to a zero!

Stupid stuff happens most often due to a comedy of errors. When a bunch of poor yet small decisions are stacked upon one another, stupid happens. Case and point: I didn’t pull in the car. I didn’t stay on my morning routine. I did not take an extra minute to acquaint myself with the surroundings before backing out of a garage in a lifted truck. I rushed. As we all know, even if we can fix something stupid, it takes time and resources. Slow down to stop your stupid.

The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
Proverbs 21:5


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