MindYourBusyNess: December 2012


In the design phase of a machine, the designer takes care of all possible use of that machine and incorporates built in mechanism for protection from any misuse. But this experiment is done inside the confined walls of laboratory and effectiveness is limited to the knowledge & skills of the designer. When the machine is put into use in real world environment (out of the laboratory), at times, it get subjected to misuse by hostile circumstances. An intelligent and aware user can minimize this misuse by adhering to proper maintenance practices. These practices often forms part of the usage routine. However, under pressures of workload, these get neglected. A prolonged negligence will limit the capability of the machine and may lead to critical situation which may compel emergency attention and unwarranted expenses.
The method and periodicity of the maintenance is not important so much, as the consistency of its use. The consistence maintenance practice gives better pay offs. The same principles of maintenance are applicable to our body too. For example personal hygiene is a common maintenance practice in use. It is done in different forms and up to different extents in different sets of cultures & work environments.
A very common part of such practice is taking daily bath. If it is used by a healthy person, his/her chances of remaining healthy improves manifold. It is not important that the bath is taken with hot water or cold water or what soap is used for it. The user is the best judge for such details. The important thing is that it is followed regularly.(occasional omissions may be acceptable if one is too tired to do it or the facility does not exists in the work environment).The problem creeps up when long spells of non practice are there due to laziness or any other reason. The small amount of dust/dirt which is washed away on daily basis starts accumulating on the body and may attract more dirt. It may also become a breeding ground for harmful agents. There are fair chances that the negligence may convert to a medical problem after several days/months/years
The point here is that regular practice of some simple methods by an aware user of the body/mind machine can help tremendously in the maintenance of health of the system. Even the methods may appear very trivial on the face of it; a consistence practice makes the life easy.
The routine maintenance practices also give us opportunity to personalize, adjust or customize our body/mind instrument. You may have noticed a guitar player adjusting the strings of his/her guitar before every use. This is done to ensure that the strings are neither too loose that these will not produce the required sound nor these are too tight that these will break on use. A matured guitar player will fine tune the tightness of strings further as per his/her liking for the type of songs which he/she has decided to play. Similarly, we, as the owners of our body/mind instruments are the right persons to fine tune this wonderful gift from nature to us.