Take Good Care of Those Money Makers!

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I was helping my wife pull in few things that she had hung outside to dry after our second daughter decided to coat them with a nice layer of spit up (there’s something going around, ugh!) and it was one of those hard-to-handle-but-extremely-functional fold-up drying racks from IKEA, pictured at the right.

I love the darn thing but I also hate it at the same time since I can’t seem to ever pull the thing together the way it was intended without hurting myself – either I bang my shin or I catch one of my fingers as it closes – ouch!

Last night it was the latter that was going to happen. I grabbed the still-heavy rugs and proceeded to walk into the house, my wife leading the way with another rack of somewhat dry goods.

I was feeling pretty good as I managed to get through the door with the contraption and suddenly *snap* the thing went the last inch and snapped in place – apparently I hadn’t folded the thing completely and I grunted, wincing in pain as I tried my best to gently put the thing down on the floor as every inch that I lowered it closed the bars together more.

I was about to kick the thing and say something I’d regret when my wife suddenly said with surprising mix of calm and cute:

John, don’t hurt those money makers please. tweet

I smiled. She was right (as usual).

It’s incredible how often I forget how important my hands and fingers are – I know that may sound a bit odd or even silly but when was the last time you thought seriously about the importance of your 10 digits?

Yes, you’re going to need all of them, not just for the context of the web (as a designer, developer, blogger). But how well do you keep them? Do you think about taking good care of those money makers? I have and although it started as somewhat of a side joke between my wife and I when I took the bold step of becoming a Professional Blogger explicitly it has now become very serious (as “serious” as a joke-turned-serious can be…).

Now, I’m not about to go out and invest in exercise equipment for my fingers (although I’m told it “works”) or anything like that (although I do exercise them occasionally) but I am more conscious about it and even more protective of them than I’ve ever been. Sometimes that’s all it takes to appreciate what you’ve got even more.

Take the time to keep those money makers in good shape – you’ll want them operably for as long as you possibly can.

  • http://hansschiefelbein.com Hans Schiefelbein

    Oh. My. Johnny Homemaker, to the rescue! So funny John. I can just see the whole thing going down, great story. And good application. A lot of us count on our bodies for a significant portion of our income. Just like professional athletes. Yeah, just like pro athletes…. not so much. But in all seriousness it is a good reminder of caring for our investments. I rely on my body to be very strong and agile, and if it’s not, someone is going to replace me. Then what? So I’m motivated to keep in shape and challenging myself to get stronger.

    I love the mix of family and work here. Great job. I just hope you don’t get any funny nicknames for those fragile fingers of yours. I’m sure you’re team will take care of that…

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks hans! i had a bit of fun with this post. after i kicked that thing. :)

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    I wonder if one of those squeeze stress balls would work as exercise for your fingers?

    • http://john.do John Saddington


  • http://blog.bradkindercoaching.com Brad Kinder

    Great post. I could visualize and I have had such an experience with a similar device.

    So when your money makers are your fingers, does a person still shake them? :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i actually LOL’d at this. ;)

      yes, yes they do.

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com Kari Scare

    The idea that we need to take care of our physical selves is certainly an important one. While you took a humorous approach to this topic, it really is quite serious. I mean, I can’t imagine what I would do if I couldn’t write. I’m sure I’d figure something out, but the actual act of writing is so precious to me.

    • http://www.benterry.com Ben Terry

      This is so true! Writing is a beautiful way to express ourselves, and I hope you do well at protecting yourself too.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ugh. that would totally… stink!

  • http://www.calebphelps.org Caleb Phelps

    I’m so glad you wrote about this. I thought I was the only crazy one in the world who was worried and over protective of his fingers.

    This is now an elite club…of finger protectors. Should we get jackets? Or maybe steel covered gloves would be more appropriate?

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    When I read this post, I thought of this:

    Seriously though, I play bass (not professionally but with my church) – and I’ve had that run through my mind more than once when I was operating a power saw.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      #OMG……… this is soooooooooooooooooooo creepy!

  • http://www.andydarnell.com Andy Darnell

    Our clothes drying rack doesn’t move. That would be our wooden railing that overlooks our den. On an average day you can find anywhere from 5-10 pieces of clothing, towels or other wet laundry on it. I kick it from time to time too, but it doesn’t give ground.

    I gotta make time for exercise. If I did that, chances are I wouldn’t kick inanimate objects as much.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      … yes. do it. don’t be lame. ;)