Just In Case vs. Just In Time

I posted about THIS ARTICLE sometime back in the nether reaches of this blog. The gist of it is get what you need for right now and don't worry about what you might need in the future. Ever since I started Green Bag Lady in January of 2008, I have witnessed this on countless occasions.

There have been many times (especially in the beginning stages of this project) when we were just about to run out of fabric. I would be racking my brain to think of new ways of getting more only to get home and have 3 bins sitting on my back patio. Yessssssssssss!

After this happened a few times, I learned to let go and let the universe take over knowing we would always have the fabric we needed. Even when I was feeling stressed about work, family, AND Green Bag Lady. My dad stepped in and said, "Why don't you let me do the shipping and emailing." Um, yes, please. Huge weight off my shoulders. I don't know what I would do without him now!

Other times when we needed huge numbers of bags for an event, people would suddenly offer to help. Even if they sewed 10, 50, or 100 bags, it all added up to just what we needed.

So, what does this have to do with a photo of a rubber band ball? Bagette Barbara called with a sewing machine question yesterday. I stopped over at her house to lend a hand. Next to the machine was the rubber band ball. Before I left she asked if I had any need for it. Why, yes, I do! I told her that just the other day I reached for the rubber bands in my office only to find they were all too old and broke every time I tried to stretch them. Ugh. I kept meaning to ask my office manager to order more, now I don't have to! Thanks Barbara for being Just In Time.

Thanks to all of you, Dad, Bagettes, fabric donators, bag users, blog readers, etc. You are ALL Just In Time. Teresa


eli said...

thanks to YOU Teresa, for this "just in time" message!
have a nice day!

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Awww, thanks Eli!

Andrea said...

I have a few just in case tendencies but I am changing that, slowly but surely. I used to be bad, especially at the grocery store, I would get extra cause it was on sale and I knew we would eventually use it. But now I get excited when I open the fridge or pantry and it's almost empty! I love reading your blog, I stop by daily. That's a just in case I'm not sure I'm ready to give up :)

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

I do the same thing Andrea! I'm trying to change it too. Though, I will always buy the big things of TP at Costco, you really can't have too much back up there! :)

harmony said...

Loved reading this post. I too believe in just in time... and have experienced it in my own life. Thanks for being you and sharing with us.

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Thanks Harmony, I'm glad you emailed me 2 years ago, JUST IN TIME!