I've heard that it's good to look at things - your job, your relationships, your home/work environment, your finances, etc. - with "fresh eyes" every now and then. We can get so stuck in the routine, we don't realize when things aren't going as they should.
Even when they're as hideous as this:
Remember? Back when I was desperate to find a fix for China's trouble with the hardwood stairs? I got these awful stair treads as purely a stop-gap measure until I could order some proper coverings? I figured maybe a week or two, tops?
Well, fast forward to a few MONTHS, they were still here! Yes, they were still ugly, but I think we all just got used to them, and they somehow became less ugly. In our messed up minds anyway. I had proper stair covers on my list of things to do, but they got buried under other things to do.
Now that the to-do list has become less cluttered, I took the "fresh eyes" approach, and thought, "Where did these hideous stairs come from?". Then I ran screaming from the house.
In my return, we now have:
"Tranquility Sunset". That's what the packaging says anyway. Looks like beige to me. Either way, it's a heckuva lot better than "Geriatric Swimming Pool Exit" that was before. And the stairs are all warm and soft now too. I don't know what took me so long.
Even Magnum, who is not as picky about such things, thought those old treads were just awful. He did note that their reflectivity came in handy during our recent power outage. I don't necessarily see that as a good thing... Even in the pitch darkness, they wouldn't go away.
And on that note, we've survived the longest night of the year. In Tranquility.