Broken Windows - A Family Metaphor - Page 2
Devil in the Details
Details are often misjudged as insignificant until there’s a problem. Time and again we see catastrophe traced back to an overlooked detail. Consider the Space Shuttle Challenger:
The consensus of the Commission and participating investigative agencies is that the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger was caused by a failure in the joint between the two lower segments of the right Solid Rocket Motor. –Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger AccidentPhysical Disorder and Social Disorder
The quality of the family environment is a reflection of the quality of the relationships within the family. By addressing disorder in the environment, quality of life improves because a new message of respect is reflected back to the family members.
Our goal is to prevent “broken windows” and it takes a proactive approach to details. When small details consistently matter, the big picture gets handled automatically.
Straighten crooked pictures on the wall, clean the bathroom mirror, wash decorative pillows cases, relocate the outside garbage cans if you’re having to walk around them every day, push the dining room chairs in, wipe down your front door, etc. These are a few quality of life details masquerading as insignificant. Just think of it: you now have an endless number of opportunities to take action in support of the quality of your family’s life. You’ll be successful, one detail at a time.
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