Following The Directions

Do you believe product descriptions? Do they influence your choice when you are buying something?

I was thinking about that this week as I defrosted the freezer compartment of the refrigerator in our apartment. As you can see in the picture above, it needed it. And that is only the ice from the first of three compartments.

The freezer is supposed to be frist-free. I guess that doesn’t mean ice-free.

Admittedly some of the build-up is probably my fault. There’s the odd time the door doesn’t get properly closed and moisture gets in. I presume that is where the ice comes from.

Then again, I must admit I’ve never read the manual that came with the fridge. Maybe I’m not doing stuff right – but don’t even know it.

Product descriptions can sometimes be like political promises: they sound good, but the reality can be quite different.

It is like a car manufacturer’s gasoline mileage figures. Rarely does real world use match the laboratory ideal.

So often our lives are like that. We have high hopes and expectations, then fall short of the ideals. We want to be frost-free, but all too often we discover an ice build-up. Sometimes we don’t notice, until others call our attention to it.

How do we live a frost-free life? Probably, like with my fridge, reading the manual would help. Wouldn’t that make sense?


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