linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “easy”
The quick and easy option isn’t always the best. It may seem like a good idea at the time but the long-term results are not always positive. That has been clearly illustrated in my community this week.
It all began when part of the wall of the local primary school blew down during a storm. It was fortunate timing that it happened early in the morning and no-one was injured. If it had happened an hour later it is very likely that several people would have been killed. To cut a long story short, serious defects were discovered in that building, as well as 16 other schools built by the same company. It seems that both the builders and those inspecting the work went for the easy (and cheap) option rather than making sure the job was done properly.
It could have been a lot worse. At least these defects were discovered without anyone being injured, but still the effects have been massive and far-reaching.
7000 pupils are affected and many have been off school the whole of this week while alternative accommodation was found. The problem is there is very little alternative accommodation anywhere, so it has ended up with other schools offering their art rooms and music rooms and anywhere else they can possibly spare. Schools with no buildings have each been divided between four or five other schools with a class or two in each one, and complicated transport arrangements to make this possible. The teachers have no access to their own classrooms to get resources. High school pupils have had to have practical exams postponed and many have important coursework locked inside their schools. Families who rely on free school meals have been struggling to feed their children while schools have been closed. It has been utter chaos.
I’ll end my rant there, but it has certainly been a powerful reminder that the easy option is not always the best and that it is worth the effort to make sure a thing is done properly.
It makes me think about where I am tempted to take the easy option:
- when it’s easier to give up on something difficult than to keep trying
- when it’s easier to go with the crowd than to say what I really think
- when it’s easier to avoid a difficult conversation than to resolve things properly
- when it’s easier to quit praying than to persevere
The easy way might seem good at the time but the end results are not the best. It’s worth the time and effort to do it properly, and to build something that will last.
(I’ve been pretty good with my timing for FMF over the last few weeks but I have to confess time ran away from me today. Sorry- all I can say is I wanted to put in the effort to make sure the post was finished properly 🙂 Otherwise you’d just have got the rant without the point of it all!)