Passionate Pursuit of Purpose

Having a Screw Loose

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Character Development | 0 comments

Do you have a screw loose?


I had repair work done on one of our vehicles the other day, and they had to remove the exhaust system in order to perform the work.   I picked up the van and headed home, as I got about a mile away from the dealership I went over some railroad tracks and when I accelerated I noticed a noise from the exhaust.  It also seemed as though the van’s get up and go had got up and left.   I returned to the dealership and found; they had not tightened a bolt on the exhaust manifold and it had fallen out.  This little $3 bolt not being tight had caused the van to operate at only about 60% of its capacity and caused a loud noise, that informed anyone near of my van’s existence.

The impact of that little screw led me to ponder what screws were loose in my life and business?  What little things that could easily be fixed were causing my life to not operate at peak efficiency?

  • Do we in our rush not make our spouse or children feel important?
  • Does that unorganized desk keep my productivity a little lower?
  • Is that extra cookie or chocolate leading to a few extra pounds leave me lower on energy every day?
  • Does the lack of a budget leave you wondering where your money went at the end of the month?

When I first moved into our current home, the back door didn’t have weather stripping and on one particular windy winter day I stood by that door and felt cold air blowing across my face.  I had completely renovated the home insulating all the exterior walls.  It was amazing how a ¼ inch crack could allow so much cold air to come rushing in. 99.999999987% of my home was air tight, and yet that little crack drastically reduced the effectiveness of all that other hard work.

What are the cracks and screws we are overlooking in our lives?  Sometimes in our hectic day we miss these little things that steal our time, energy, peace, and finances.  Perhaps it is time to bring in a friend, mentor, pastor, coach or consultant who can help identify these cracks and loose screws.   Your life and business deserve to operate at peak efficiency.

Please comment and share what are the areas in your life that have had loose screw and/or cracks?  How did you fix them?