“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” – John F. Kennedy
I have first hand experience that President Kennedy is telling the truth with this one.
When I was in high school, my dad and I began the unenviable task of replacing the roof on our old home. We spent time hand cutting (with a heavy duty pair of metal cutting scissors) the tin roof on the back of our house and replacing it with a new shingled roof. We did the same with the front and top of our home.
Replacing a roof is a lot of work. The most difficult of the tasks being getting the packs of shingles up the ladder and onto the roof, not to mention making sure you mark even chalk lines so that you are able to get your shingles straight when you nail them down.
So, in the midst of a dry spell in the Ohio River Valley that summer, we were working on the roof one late afternoon. Out of nowhere, the clouds turned gray, and the sky opened up pouring down rain.
Being on top of a roof with no shingles on it in the middle of a downpour is not the most enjoyable experience one can have. Without much time to really secure any tarps in place before the rain and the wind howling making it extremely difficult to nail the tarps down, my dad and I did something only logical people would think to do. We spread out the tarps as best we could, and we laid on them in the middle of a torrential downpour to hold them down. (It is only as comical to my dad and me now looking back as it was to my mom and sister as soon as the rain let up and we came back inside.)
The inspirational meaning and lesson behind the words of JFK is that we should not wait until the circumstances are adverse to correct a problem. We should be proactive and not reactive.
We should be searching for ways now to identify potential issues and fix them before they blow up in our face. If we are constantly reacting to problems, we are letting issues dictate our lives as opposed to being out in front of them and maintaining control of our circumstances.
By preparing ahead of time, we can save ourselves a lot of headaches and difficulties. We can position ourselves to better handle when troublesome situations arise. We can feel at ease knowing we have adequately planned for a rainy day.
Take some time today and think about some of those things you have been putting off because they are not really a problem yet. Identify those things you may have said, “I’ll get to it later.” Start to take action on those or get a plan in place with how to handle them now.
You never know when a storm will blow in, and you do not want to be caught having to lay on the tarps in a downpour when it does. Trust me.
Bring your best today!