If It Ain’t Working, Fix It or Make a Change

Change Things

They say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Grammatical challenges aside, it’s a quote that has indirectly driven many lives in many different aspects. We often get comfortable, complacent, and we start harnessing an attitude of safety over adventure.

This is a good place to be. One can argue that it’s not the best place to be, that a life loaded with changes, curveballs, and adventures galore is preferable to one of stagnant reflection, but that’s debatable. What’s not debatable is the notion of fixing things when they’re not working. This applies on so many levels from a set of nail clippers that aren’t clipping like they used to all the way up to higher levels of thoughts on religion and philosophy that guide our actions. Regardless of the level of importance in your life, if something isn’t working, it’s time to either fix it or change completely.

To some, this sounds like a no-brainer. I would love to say that it applies to most people, but every day I see people who are dissatisfied with aspects of their life but who do nothing to make things better and never entertain the notion of making a change. Don’t wait. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t give in to complacency. Make it better or make it gone. Do something now.

That’s it. Call it a rallying call. Call it a self-help blog post that I needed to put on paper in order to start making some changes in my own life. Call it a lazy way to get exactly 300 words on screen so I can have a blog post for the day. Call it whatever you will but heed the advice. Take a look at what you’re doing and either love it or do something about it.


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  1. roy

    However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 1 Corinthians 15:46

  2. In Amercian hospital culture, disatisfaction and cynicism are universal givens, as are inefficiency, obsolesence, bloated & wasteful baureaucracies and counterproducitve regulations by the boatload. Why do we see such powerful resistence to innovation uner such awful conditions? One, becuase hospitals have long been shielded from market forces far more than are most institutions. Two, becuase “waste” is like “weeds”: those profting from it are rich, powerful, and well-connected, and are dead set against any effiiciency threatening their easy money. Three, because hosptials have a routine and systematic approach to all problems: find a powerless scapegoat to blame, then “train” or fire them, thus pretending to have addressed systems problems that are thereby allowed to to persist. Hence, at every level, until forced to change, hospital culture form top to bottom is positively midieval in it’s resistance to any change whatsoever. The results speak for themselves: able to charge triple or more for any given service than any of their counterparts in other nations they generate far from the best results and subpar customer service. Their genius to date has lied entirely in their ability to keep charging more each year to provide such crap, and get away with it decade after decade. We Americans aren’t nearly as smart as we like to think, clearly. In this case we’ve been giant suckers for generations, and more so each day. Sheep! Say baaaahhhh…….