I haven’t been able to write much lately because I’ve been busy over the past couple weeks cleaning up a rent house of mine. This process has taken a lot out of me, but also allowed me to think about how simple actions that might seem innocent really do affect other people in ways that you might not even be able to imagine.
These renters have been in this house for almost 3 years and have paid their rent every month. They presented an appearance that everything was going well in the house and they were taking good care of the property and for that reason, I never really checked in on them or on the house. As their lease progressed, it seemed that they took longer and longer to pay their rent. Towards the end of their tenancy, it became apparent that they weren’t concerned about how late they paid their rent as long as they paid. I also noticed the landscaping was declining and trash and clutter began building up around the house.
When I began receiving their rent payment on or about the 10th day of the month consistently, I made the decision to ask them to move out of the house. This is the point when I began thinking about the chain of events that are caused by our actions.
It turns out these renters were smoking in one of the bathrooms causing an odor to build in the house that has taken a ton of time to get rid of and I’m still fighting with this smell. Because of this smoke smell, I have had to repaint the entire house, remove the carpet, clean every inch of the bathroom, and tried many tricks that I’ve researched to get rid of the smoke smell. I think I’m finally getting rid of the smell, but it has been a huge ordeal.
They also weren’t concerned with changing the air filter in the house which caused the air conditioner to function at half capacity and cost me a lot of money to get cleaned and operating properly again.
There were other things that I’ve had to correct due to these tenants, but the purpose of this post today is not to list off every bad thing that my renters did during their tenancy. Instead, I just want to take note of how each action that we take every day can affect someone either positively or negatively. If I don’t consider the effects of my actions, I am potentially causing someone else some pretty severe challenges further down the road. Had I been more diligent with these renters at the beginning of their lease when I began to notice some small signals, maybe I could have corrected these actions before they became huge issues. Had the renters thought about how their actions were going to affect me when they move out, maybe they would have done some things differently. However, it is too easy to just do whatever feels good at the moment and not consider the effects.
On my way home tonight, I had one incident that really tied this all together. I was pulling out of the neighborhood onto a busy state highway and I was turning right. A large Lincoln Navigator SUV pulled around my left side and completely blocked my view of the oncoming traffic making it very dangerous for me to proceed until they were out of the way. This person’s actions that were probably not intended as harmful could have potentially caused a major accident had I been hasty in my decision making. I have learned to be a defensive driver in my ever increasing years of driving, but I know many people who are not as defensive as I am when driving. However, had the driver of the Navigator taken a moment to let me turn right, they could have not caused the dangerous situation for my son and me.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves
I wanted to take the time today to simply remind you and me that taking a moment to consider how our actions affect the people around us will ultimately make everyone’s lives a little easier and more pleasant. If we take this into our work environment, our home environment, and our public environment who knows what kind of effect we will have on others.