Why Verify?

Carpenters always measure twice and cut once. Here’s another story about why it is so important to verify before making major decisions.

Carpenters always measure twice and cut once. Here’s another story about why it is so important to verify before making major decisions.

Many years ago two men, Earl and Joe, were sharing the same hospital room. They were both suffering from lung problems and were waiting for test results. On an overcast wintry afternoon the news came for Earl. He had two months to live.

“You’d better go home and get everything in order,” the doctor said. “We can’t do any more for you.”

Earl left the hospital in a state of agitation, dread and sorrow. But he had quite a lot to do and really didn’t have time to grieve. There was a large amount of that needed to be sold plus two businesses. Earl quickly got busy and managed to sell everything in enough time to make the “deadline”.

Two months later as Earl was sitting in his favorite easy chair with the cat perched beside him, he glanced at the obiturary column, just out of curiosity. He wanted to see where his obiturary would soon be published. To his amazement, Joe’s obiturary led the column. “That’s very odd,” Earl thought. “Joe got a good report from the doctor. What could have happened?”

Later, Earl found out the truth. Someone in the hospital had gotten the x-rays mixed up. Earl had received Joe’s diagnosis and Joe had received Earl’s.

Now what? Earl had gone home to die and had made all the arrangements. He had sold everything off much too soon at fire sale prices. It would be a new beginning that would prove to be a very expensive one.

This is a true story that had happened in Nashville. But it further illustrates what we were discussing yesterday about verifying facts. Of course the moral is to get another opinion. Had Earl done so, he would have reached the truth very quickly without all the needless pain.

Experts can make mistakes. Your doctor, real estate agent, lawyer; none of them are infalliable. It is up to you to protect yourself, your and your family. You can easily do that by always asking for the real facts. Once you have the facts you can make the best and wisest decisions.

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