Practising what you preach

This note serves as a wake up call to me and any like me who may have slipped in our acts of practicing what we preach.

The other day, I was extolling a colleague on the virtues of checking the water level and what nots of a car daily before heading out. Well, I tried to do the same too, or so I thought.

I was using a ride that didn’t consume much water, judging from my daily checks and I ain’t proud to say this but I started taking the water level for granted and slipped in my daily checks. Well, your guess is as good as mine. One of these fateful days, I checked it in a rush and it seemed ok, so I rushed off to work. Well, would you believe it, when I was heading in late in the day, the car malfunctioned at a very unlikely and I might add, unsafe place. Of course, the mechanic had to come into the picture and his verdict, ‘overheating had damaged so many things in the car.’

I was downcast, not particularly because of the unbudgeted funds I had to dole out for the repair, but for the fact that perhaps, if I had been more careful to practice what I had preached, the malfunction might have been nipped in the bud.

Which brings me to my point that we need to be consistent in practicing what we preach because that occasional slip may just do us in. After all, better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.

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