Recently an acquaintance of mine reminisced about his days in medical school and his dedication to riding his motorcycle much like the old postal slogan- ““Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds”.
While riding his motorcycle he neglected his little Fiat. After some time, he needed to use the car and found that the tires had dry rot, the tailpipe had fallen off and the car battery had dropped through the engine compartment due to rust.
With my job, I often drive through some neighborhoods that are more than a little run down. It doesn’t seem to take long for the buildings to show the effects of neglect. Peeling paint, missing shingles, detached gutters, broken windows….
What about relationships? Without work to keep the relationship moving forward, things usually fall apart. Some say we grow apart, but is that really the case?
In our world things tend to move from a point of order to disorder. So it puzzles me when many of us have expectations or beliefs that we can neglect the important things and still receive the reward of a finely tuned car, home or relationship.