Uprooting Bad Habits and Attitudes

“There is a time in the life of every problem when it is big enough to see, yet small enough to solve.” – Michael O. Leavitt (1951 – ), American Politician

I just uprooted an oak tree. It took about 5 seconds from the time I saw it until the time it was out—if you don’t count pausing to snap this picture.

And it didn’t cost anything, except a little attention. It was easy to spot this unwelcome growth hiding under my hydrangea bush, but I noticed it because I had dedicated an hour of my weekend to weeding.

Two weeks ago lightning struck a huge oak tree and sent it crashing onto the roof of our house. When the insurance adjuster came to inspect the damages, he pointed to another tree that had been damaged in the storm and was tilting precipitously toward the opposite corner of the roof. “That tree is an accident waiting to happen,” he said. “We can’t pay for preventative measures, but if I were you, I’d have it taken out.”

We took his advice. When the tree removers came, one guy climbed up the condemned tree and started systematically sawing and tossing limbs to his team on the ground. They set up a sort of pulley system so they could instantly pull the falling sections of the trunk away from the house and from the climber. It was a difficult, dangerous, unpleasant (they had to deal with a swarming nest of baby flying squirrels), time-consuming, labor-intensive project. The bill was over $500.

And that’s a fraction of what it would have cost to replace the roof if we had let the tree fall on it.

So I was felt pretty good about uprooting this upstart oak today. Think of the money and time and risk I spared my family.

Q4U: Have you found an effective way to intervene when you see weedy attitudes or habits beginning to crop up in your child? In yourself?

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