What Your How Says

How you do something may say more about you than you realize.

I always keep a glass of water on my desk while I work. Because I drink so much water, I often have a pitcher of water on the floor nearby as well.

I’m not always at my desk, though.

And I have cats – cats that love to drink from my cup if I leave it unattended and with water inside.

Unfortunately, I don’t cherish the thought of sharing water holes with two mousers, so I’ve taken steps to make sure my feline friends don’t get to slake their thirst in my office.

I used to keep the door closed at all times, especially when I wasn’t in the room. This kept them out of my office, and therefore off my desk and away from my cup and it’s glorious water.

Lately, though, I made the conscious decision to change tactics. Instead of locking them out of my office I now just make sure I leave my glass empty. No water. No shared drinking container.

Both tactics are in pursuit of the same goal, but they go about accomplishing that goal in very different ways.

Which would you choose? And what, if anything, might your choice say about you, your view of the world, your values, etc?

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4 Responses to “What Your How Says”

  1. Adam Dray says:

    Get a water bottle.

  2. Sumyunguy says:

    What Adam said, as well as a pitcher with a lid.

  3. Jon Morin says:

    I use the water bottle approach. I also never keep liquids in containers, I have a cat that knocks things over if she can’t sip the top. Leaves milk and water stains everywhere.

    My choice might say about me, that I take a defense approach to issues, instead of trying to slowly escalate responses, I go with a police state, then loosen until goal is achieved. Well, at least in this Scenario

  4. Ed Healy says:

    Police State. Nice.

    My decision was based on the recognition that it takes about as much effort to drink my water as it does to make sure the door is closed, but that one leaves a risk on the table (water next to computer) while the other removes the possibility of disappointment before it can be an issue.

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