Make Up Your Mind
by Don H. Staheli

We have developed a practical approach to hair dryer preservation.  In a household with four daughters and a wife with thick hair, such imaginative strategies for living are important – especially if some economic benefit can be realized in the process.

For years we went through hair dryers almost as fast as the cans of spray-on shellac that held the coif in place once the drying and teasing and curling were done. I tried to fix them when they broke, but the little busted pieces essential to the operation of the appliance were expensive to replace and impossible to rebuild. I think they are built by robots anyway. Nobody has fingers small enough and eyesight so clear as to actually put together the innards of one of these hot air machines. So, it was off to the discount store to find another 1500-watt beauty.

Finally, one day I figured it out. There was a common symptom in the early demise of the hair dryers. The heating element rarely seemed to run out of heat. The blower itself looked OK. But the on/off switch, yes the vulnerable switch, was the scene of manipulated mayhem. On when the drying started. Off to wind a curl or comb a snarl. On for more drying and shaping – slow speed for styling, high speed for a quick shot of heat, slow again, then off. It was a thumb-generated endurance test to which the machine just couldn’t hold up. No matter the cost of the unit, the switch was often the first thing to go.

The solution was simple. Just turn it on and leave it on. Only move the switch once! Plug it in for power when you want it to blow and unplug it when you’re through. Admittedly, this was somewhat impractical for certain hairdos, but for many occasions it was perfect – and with far less thumbing of the on/off button, it lasted much longer.

A lot of our decisions in life can be like that. There is no need to go back and forth, up and down about many things. You just make the decision once and let it go at that. No need for, “Should I do this or should I not? Maybe this time, but not again. But, I guess really I shouldn’t do it at all. Well, perhaps only on special occasions. I guess.” 

No! Just make up your mind that you are going to do what’s best and stick with it. Your decision switch will last a lot longer that way. Of course, there are rare times when we choose to deviate from our usual way of behaving, because the circumstances may require a different approach. But most of the time we only need to make up our minds once and that decision can be applied over and over again, generally leading us to do what is right.

The Principle
Most decisions only need to be made once.

What the Lord has said:
But in case no additional light is given, the first decision shall standD&C 102:22

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