Remember the words from the Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler:
“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em,
know when to fold ‘em,
know when to walk away,
know when to run.”
That was my theme song this week. No, I wasn’t playing cards – I had a little trouble with my soap dish – knowing whether to “hold it” or “walk away”.
This is the soap dish:
It’s in the main bathroom and matches all the stuff in there. We bought it about 5 years ago when we remodeled the bathroom. It’s metal. It’s rusting. And it’s leaving rust spots on the window ledge where I keep it.
I could have thrown it away and bought a new one. But I wanted to save it. It matched the shower curtain and it was expensive. So in keeping with my philosophy of solving problems rather than living with them, I figured out two possible solutions:
1. Attach felt pads to the bottom of the soap dish (the pads used under furniture legs so they don’t scratch the floor – I have some on hand); or
2. Cut out a piece of felt and glue it to the bottom of the soap dish.
I told my husband my ideas and he said:
“Why don’t you just buy a new one?”
“I don’t want to buy a new one. I want to fix this one. It matches and I like it.”
He said: “Well, those ideas won’t work very well. If you have to fix it, it would be better to use the little rubber feet you put on the inside of cabinet doors.”
“Fine. I’ll just get a new one.”
I went to Wal-mart a few days later and looked at soap dishes. I found one that matched perfectly for $2. If I’d known I could find a good match that cheap, I probably would have done it sooner.
You know, I really turned this soap dish thing into a bigger deal than it needed to be. Some things are worth fixing and some things just aren’t.
What are you holding that you should be folding?