The Power of Not Accepting Something That Just Isn’t Right

For Larry’s birthday, I had reserved a “cabin” in a campground/RV park.

This was the first time I had ever reserved a cabin and chose the deluxe cabin with a deck around it because it was Larry’s birthday.

When we arrived we found that the cabin was simply a box with a roof and two beds inside.

There was electricity but no water.

Toilets and coin-operated showers were “nearby” but when we went to investigate we found that the facility for our cabin was being remodeled. There was no shower at all, the toilet was a porta-potty and the sink was a hose. There was no hot water available to wash our hands after using the porta-potty.

There was a working facility on the property but it was so far from our cabin we would have to drive there to use it.

This is not what we were expecting.

Successful Actions and the Standard Operations Procedure Manual

One of the people in the world that I most admire is chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine.

I love watching him on his Food Network TV show Restaurant: Impossible because he takes failing restaurants and in a weekend turns them around and puts them on the road to success. After his whirlwind visit, it’s up to the restaurant owners to continue the successful actions Robert has taught them and established. When they do, the restaurants go on to thrive, when they don’t, their restaurants continue to fail and eventually die.

What interests me about this show is not the restaurant, it’s the turnaround from failure to success. Because the same steps Robert takes to rescue restaurants can also be used to turn around any failing enterprise.

What we need now is “Planet: Impossible.” It’s clear that the actions of industrial society are leading to failure in many directions. We need to turn things around and operate on successful actions.

Leaving a Place Better Than You Found It

We’re leaving our housesitting house this morning after a two-week stay.

One day while we were here, Larry had nothing to do while I was writing, so he just started cleaning the stove. He noticed that the light in the range hood was grimy, so he took it apart and cleaned it. And then he cleaned the burners.

In the bathroom, clean towels had been left for us, but also there were unwashed towels on the rack, so we washed all the towels last night.

This reminded me of something I noticed in Larry when we first met. Larry always wants to leave a place in better condition than he found it.