Friday, January 2, 2015

Losing Sight of the Shore and Discovering New Oceans

Risk-taking is not all about impetuousness, because there is still a certain degree of assessment before taking the leap, so to speak. I have personally witnessed some people who are natural risk-takers, failed numerous times, got up and tried again.

They seem to have a knack for constantly pushing themselves to the limit and learning from failures - a sign of possessing mental fortitude and iron will. I have observed however, that risk-taking can also be quite catastrophic and some of these people find it difficult to recover from such a disastrous situation.

On the other side of the coin, there are those who would rather stay on the shore and would rather protect themselves from any unpredictable conditions that stormy seas could bring. Some of them do experience progress at a very slow rate, but with minimal risks. There is some truth in the proverb: "Look before you leap" and I suppose some circumstances warrants such passive measures.

It is not fair to judge any of these people who fall on either side of the coin, as both experiences have benefits and consequences. It's a matter of the proper combination of right timing,  favorable circumstances and to a certain extent, luck.

Whether you are a person who is willing to lose sight of the shore and discover new oceans or you're simply a shore-dweller and less of an adventurer, it is up to you to make things work out and the consequences of your decisions rest on your shoulders alone.

It would probably be a good idea to have a balance of both, since we can find ourselves in situations that are worth taking risks for and there are others where the stakes are too high and losses will be great. It's best to stay away from the latter.

I, for one, am taking a huge risk and whether or not I will end up being a complete idiot - time will tell. All I know that this risk is worth pursuing and I just "feel" my way through indirect cues that I receive if in case direct ones are unavailable and seem vague. (hopefully it's accurate because implied cues can always go both ways)

What about you? What have you decided on lately or decisions that you are about to make? Risk or no risk - it's all good - it's all about perception and what works for you.

Practical Home Tip 2: Pipe Leaks

I'm sure a lot of you have encountered a lot of headaches trying to find the source of leaks from the pipes under your sink. I can empathize and have had my own share of inconveniences. The usual solution for pipe leaks are teflons and sealants:

Teflon Tape

I have practically used tons of teflons and sealants to repair the pipes, but it can be very taxing to find the source of the leaks, especially because the pipes are "u-shaped". Even if you have a handy flashlight, it's virtually impossible to find where the leak is coming from.

Teflons are only effective when sealing straight portions of the pipe, but what about the "u-bends"? The plastic or metal connectors that connect the straight pipes? Not everything could be covered thoroughly. Good luck with that!

Sealants are easier to apply and definitely can reach those tighter areas that teflon tapes can't. But using applicators will be quite daunting, because it would be quite difficult to reach those tight spaces while holding the applicator tightly and your whole hand and wrist will just get in the way.

 So one of my quick fixes that worked like magic was: I wrapped my index finger with masking or duct tape until I've covered almost half of it, then I dipped that finger in a can of sealant and apply it generously to those tight spaces. VOILA!- you can reach those tight spaces easily.

Hope I have helped some of you in some way! Happy plumbing! (if it's even considered enjoyable :D)