"’If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared. It’s an excuse for inaction, a call to non-arms.”

This gung ho quote from the former National Security Advisor and Commander-in-Chief of the US Army Forces, Colin Powell, does not represent the exact credo I wish to follow. In any event, Mr Powell was probably painting a patriotic backdrop or providing philosophical justification for the United States to unleash its war on terror.

But I did wonder about ‘complacency’ today – the kind that stops you from getting up in the mornings on work days, prevents you from assessing your career progress, and causes you to get too comfortable in life and relationships. The bottom line is, one should never become too smug and complacent about relationships, health and career.

Life is like a chunk of dough, it requires kneading, and a lot of work. Bravo to you if you are healthy, have settled down into a great job, and started a cosy little family. But have you ever stood back from your achievements and thought, how could I make these better? How could I prevent these from deteriorating?

I haven’t, not really, and I must admit that now is an appropriate time to make these assessments, to evaluate how far I have come and think about how I could proactively live life.

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One Response to "’If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared. It’s an excuse for inaction, a call to non-arms.”

  1. Ben says:

    Very profound…

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