I once had a clock that didn’t work for two years because I didn’t buy the AA batteries it needed. I once wore unwashed dress shirts for months because I didn’t go to the dry cleaners.

I knew I should have done something. But the inertia was too strong. I made mistakes, and the clock and shirts were the reminders that I didn’t come through for myself. 

But I’m glad it happened.

My clocks work, and my dress shirts are always pressed. Sometimes it takes big mistakes for lasting change to stick.

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