Don’t Boil The Frog

Do you remember the story about the frog that was slowly boiled?  If you haven’t heard it, it goes like this:  If a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out.  But if you place a frog in cold water that is slowly heated, it won’t notice until it’s too late.

The idea is that some things change so slowly and we don’t even realize they’ve changed.  For example, the condition of my dish towels and pot holders.  I’ve had pretty much the same ones since I got married 30 years ago.  I was folding laundry yesterday and it suddenly dawned on me how awful some of them looked.  So why did I keep folding them, putting them back, and using them again?  Perhaps it’s time to replace the worn out towels and pot holders.

There are probably lots of things like that around all our houses.  We just get so used to them that we don’t notice anymore.  It could be bedding, towels, pictures on the wall, rugs, furniture, paint, knick knacks, cloth napkins, etc.  Take a look around your house and see if there are items that don’t look so great anymore.  Perhaps it’s time to replace them.  And if your budget is tight, like it is for many of us, there are lots of creative ways to spruce up our stuff without busting the budget.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, biologists say that in most cases a frog will not really stay in boiling water.  Whew!

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