I was cleaning and doing a little maintenance on the RV today. We are moving from Ft. Stevens State Park near Astoria, OR to Nehalem Beach State Park near Manzanita, OR. Stopping at Skipanon Marine & RV in Warrenton on the way down to have the hot water heater repaired. Can I tell you how excited I am about having hot water!!!

Anyway, while spraying WD-40 on all the moving parts of the car towing equipment, I thought, if you maintain it, it will last forever. Then I weirded out.

That simple phrase “If you maintain it, it will last forever” applies to so many thing in our lives.

Your relationships – married people who have been together for years, and are still happy, say they take the time for each other. Relationships with customers, how many customers do you lose to price or competition that are really maintained? My guess is none.

Your body – anyone will tell you a few hours of exercise each week keeps you in better maintenance. How about brushing your teeth everyday, skincare, haircare, good food, and required medical exams all to better maintain the body.

Your car and stuff – wear and tear is inevitable, but you can change the oil, paint, clean – maintenance.

Your soul – that needs maintenance too, church, walking in the woods, volunteering at a homeless shelter or food bank, skiing down a mountain or climbing one, we all need to do things that make our souls soar.

Your kids – I don’t have any kids but I see all the time people spend maintaining their kids well being. Then when they have grand kids the maintenance is transferred through generations.

So much maintenance, so little time. We all have to make decisions on what is important enough for us to maintain. How much of our time we are willing to give to ourselves, our businesses, our stuff, our kids and our world. I’m making sure I put the important ones at the top of my list.


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jim Grammer on January 26, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Brilliant. 8^)


  2. Posted by Michele on January 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    You absolutely have to put yourself first on the list. When you are feeling grounded and present the you are able to tackle the rest without undo stress and discomfomt.
    That is why it is so important to be good stewards of our Mother Earth, if we maintain her health she will allow us to maintain ours.


  3. Posted by Jamie Wilcox on January 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    You Rock!! How do you seem to know what to say and when to say it!


  4. Posted by Janet Barton on January 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

    It’s January, time to re-evaluate what’s worth maintaining and what to let go. Your writing is very inspirational.


  5. and Friendships, which mean the world to me….thanks for commenting my friends.


  6. Posted by Laura on January 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Great food for thought. Like Janet said, your writing is very inspirational! Thanks Kathy!


  7. Love this one, Cathy – it is truly inspirational & a great reminder for all us in this hectic world of perpetual busy-ness without priorities!


  8. Posted by Tom Walney on January 28, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Cathy,
    Good luck on your little trip! I hope all goes well and don’t forget to put the car in neutral, haha!! Take care and God Bless.
    Tom W.


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