If it ain’t broke, do preventative maintenance

January 4, 2011

in Good Marriage, Links to good stuff

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This idea was sparked by something David L Patrick said.

The saying goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s pithy and all, but in real life things that are left alone usually break, and sometimes they break catastrophically. If you don’t do preventive maintenance on your vehicle, one day it will die – or won’t start – or won’t stop when you need it to! Fail to do preventative maintenance on your wood stove, and you will treat your neighbours to a thrilling chimney fire (BTDT)!  Beyond preventative maintenance, you can also learn to see what is going to break before it does. Signs of wear and stress can be hard to see, but if you work at it, you can become an expert.

Your marriage is the same way – you can avoid breakdowns and fires by doing preventative maintenance, and you learn to see signs of wear and stress that signal something needs attention. On the other hand, you could go on like the fellow who doesn’t even know his car uses oil, and be rudely surprised from time to time by marital catastrophes.

2 comments
Angie
Angie

Love the concept, would love even more some specifics. As a wife of 19 years this is obviously something we are hitting the need to do and I like to read your posts to get the man's perspective. I also send to my husband the "must reads/think it applies to us now" stuff and this would be great but he will want the "exactly what should I be doing".

Evan
Evan

This is so true. I do consultant work for a number of manufacturing companies, and I've seen how a plant that gets its preventative maintenance budget slashed might have lower costs for a few months, but it starts to have all kinds of unexpected and seemingly random problems pop up very quickly. I've only been married for two months, but I'm trying hard to establish a pattern of doing "preventative maintenance" now, so that it just becomes a habit. It's a bit of work now, but I think it will pay off in the long run. And it's way more fun than changing the oil in my car.

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