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Monday, December 7, 2009

Have an Exit Strategy

During my five years in Japan, I spent a lot of time seeking out temples in the countryside.

Not having a car (or even a license) to drive, and being something of a solitary explorer, I usually traveled on public transportation, which outside of the cities meant cranky old buses.

Pop quiz: What's the first thing you do when you get out of a bus in the countryside?

Answer: Walk across the street and check the departure time for the last bus! Sometimes it could be as early as 2 or 3 p.m.

In other words, you should always have an exit strategy.

What problems frequently pop-up in your life? Do you have a car that breaks down? A cranky water heater? An unreliable baby-sitter? Whenever possible, fix what doesn't work. When that's impossible, have a contingency plan.

Do you frequently get ticked off? Bored? Lonely? Learn the appropriate coping mechanisms.

Often misplace your keys? Forget your wallet? Get lost? Have a back-up plan.

You know you. Sit down and list the five things that most often spoil your day. Then work out ways to de-thorn those thorny problems.

Or as we said in my few brief months in the Boy Scouts, "Be Prepared."

You'll be happier.

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