It helps me to go ahead and make decisions about certain things so I can avoid making bad decisions in the heat of the moment.
Heat of the Moment = When the carhop at Sonic (or the coffee-fixer at Starbucks) asks if I want to keep my used-up giftcard.
I tell them I don’t want it. No decision needed since the decision has already been made.
If I let myself stop to consider all the possibilities, the decision overwhelms me.
I mean, with a used-up giftcard you can:
Scrape soap-scum off of a shower door.
Let the kids play store.
Let the kids pretend it is an iPhone and take pictures all through Colonial Williamsburg. (My daughter did this. Serious as she could be.)
Fix a teensy-tiny-bit-uneven table leg.
Keep jewelry from tangling during travel by punching holes into the gift card.
Mark the place in a well-organized bookshelf so a book can get back into the right spot.
Hahahahaha!!! OK, it’s official. I’m getting ridiculous when my daydreams of why I should keep something (which I totally don’t need) involve a perfectly organized bookshelf.
But seriously, I have to stop myself. The truth is . . . I can let every cashier keep every used-up giftcard from now til I die and I’ll still be able to find forty strewn throughout the house if I ever actually need one.
I’ll just have to check to see if they still have 32 cents left on them.