So as it happens, my Vitamix is showing some signs of weariness .I’ve had it for ten years now, working full power every day, it can still make a smoothie but finds the nut butters etc a bit more challenging, so I decided it’s OK to get a new one.
I feel like an apology is in order, because it still works, and gives 60% of what it can give, so why can’t I just wait until it is a complete wreck?
#1. I use my Vitamix every day- literally every day- to make smoothies, banana ice cream, crushed nuts, grind flax seeds, grind oatmeal, and I think that’s about it.
#2. as I said- it CAN function- but on a first base level only- I need to pre-cut the frozen bananas to small rings before placing in the device, and making ice cream has become quite n ordeal -small quantities, full stopping in the middle for a tactical rest, and chunks of frozen bananas left ungrinded.
#3. since I know what a great device it actually is- I find it double frustrating to be able to use only 60% of it’s qualities.
It’s Funny though-
Sort of the “good child dilemma”-
once you’ve established yourself as “good”- you shall forever be expected to be as good- or maybe even better- thus being reprimanded for any less than perfect behaviour- while other members of the family will happily get away with practically everything.
So anyway- I ordered a new one online, and it was supposed to be here in a week.
Alas- nothing, zero, zilch.
I deliberately didn’t call the company, I can’t really remember what principle I was making, but sure enough I was making some kind of point, and getting myself worked up about it, too.
So when I finally made the necessary call to understand the delay-I admit- I had “a tone”.
You know- that “I am very unhappy with your service” tone.
The young person from customer service on the other side of the line didn’t seem to be very impressed by my “tone”, and that made me -admittedly- even snappier.
The thing is, after a quick check- he realized I absentmindedly mixed the numbers of my phone number when I made the reservation- so the delivery company couldn’t reach me and make the delivery.
You should have seen my face.
Oh the embarrassment.
I couldn’t find a ladder to step down from my pompous righteous tone, so I just mumbled- ”well, thank you then, glad to hear it will be here shortly now!”, and put the phone down,
I think these moments of complete and utter humiliation are the best teachers possible- for me at least.
No success has ever taught me as much as failures did.
This one has taught me to be careful and double check my facts before pulling “the tone” and “the attitude” on anyone, just in case it turns out to be be my fault after all.
From experience-the higher you climb on your righteous ladder- the higher you’ll need to climb down ….
Enjoy- the cooliflower.