The “Dad Decision”

Something interesting came up this week….

….well, something blew off the house really.

It was a piece of tin towards the top of our house near the roof.  We had it fixed about a year ago, but some recent winds blew the tin into our neighbor’s yard over the weekend.

For many of you reading this, that wouldn’t be a big deal.  But for me that small piece of tin has been weighing on my mind.  Why?  I am afraid of heights, and the thought of climbing to the top of roof, laying down and hammering the tin back in place is torture.  You see, I get nervous driving across long bridges, walking on overpasses and even when I am at the top of some of my daughters playground equipment.

I figure I have a difficult decision to make.

OPTION 1 – Suck it up, don’t let the fear overtake me and climb up there and fix the tin.

OPTION 2 – Hire a contractor and pay an extraordinary amount of money for a 5 minute task.

Option 1 is what the good homeowner would do.  Option 2 is what the person that is afraid of heights would do.

So that’s the dilemma I face today, and one I will struggle with until I finally make a decision on climbing up the ladder and making an effort (but realistically, my wife will probably call the contractor first!)

And this leads me to the moral of the story and the point for the long intro to the blog.  As you venture through life, don’t forget this:  THERE WILL NOT BE A PERFECT SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM.  Each decision in life will have some good and bad consequences.  We just have to weigh the positives and negatives of those decisions and have the courage to make the call.

Chris Hardie is the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach at Waynesburg University.  You can follow him on Twitter @Coach_Hardie_WU or follow the team on Facebook at Waynesburg University Cross County.

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