A simple action today can save a lot of trouble tomorrow. Unfortunately, we often learn this through tough lessons, like I did a few years ago.
It’s a simple and silly story in hindsight, but there is a greater meaning behind it. At the invincible age of about eighteen, my dentist recommended getting my wisdom teeth out. They weren’t a problem at the time, but my dentist assured me they are quite impossible to keep clean due to their location deep inside of the mouth.
“No, no, I can do it.” My pride was almost as strong as my fear of the process, having heard rumors about a simple surgery. Invincible, insured, and ready to take care of my wisdom teeth, I set off and forgot about this goal until a few years later.
Magically, one night, I was sitting down to dinner eating mashed potatoes (yup) and felt a crunch in the back of my mouth. Those damn wisdom teeth, but how? I hadn’t had insurance for a year or two until I gained full-time employment with a hockey team. You better believe I made a phone call to the dentist the next morning. I was insured again (luckily), less invincible, and quite a bit smarter. Those teeth were coming out.
It ended up being such a simple process, at least for me. I found a good oral surgeon, thanks to our team doctor’s recommendation. I set up the surgery and they took great care of me. No swelling, no bruising, no missed time from work. I realize the process doesn’t go so swimmingly well for all, but it’s usually a lot better than the alternative.
Again, a simple story about a silly thing. It might be wisdom teeth, or it could be a project, a difficult conversation, or something different altogether. The point is, don’t put off what can and should be done now. Setting priorities is important, but dealing with important things is even more so.