I had a car once that was listing to the passenger side. When I would get in the car I would be running to an appointment and realize that I needed to check it out but, looking at the clock I knew I would be late and went to the appointment instead of checking out the car. After all it was barely noticeable. I would work all day and get home late and think I should take a look at the car but realized that dinner was on the table and then became too tired to go out and examine the car. The process would repeat itself the same way the next day, the day after, and weeks later. But, after all it was not that noticeable. As time passed the car became worse and worse but living with the issue made it less apparent that the problem had gone far beyond a slight issue and had moved into a full blown problem. Of course as my days often went I had appointments, neglected the car and went about my errands. Heading to my next appointment and looking at the clock knowing that I would be just in time I turned the ignition over. Shifting in reverse I began to back out of my space and noticed that my car wobbled. Huh? I got out and walked to the passenger side. Guess what I found? It sure was, a flat tire! Not today I mumbled to myself. I then began to fix the flat and ended up lamenting about my bad luck for the rest of the day. Why do these things happen to me all the time? Why when I need to get somewhere did it have to happen?
The answer was simple. It was all my own fault. I knew there was a problem and yet I still let it go. Just because it was a minor blip on my daily radar it lost priority. If I had only checked out the tire when I first noticed it I could have dealt with less stressful maintenance, a less costly repair, and the annoyance of a ruined day.