Dtcwee has written an awesome post on one of my favourite topics – Pride.
I’m not a landlord, but his treatment of the subject has broader application. One of my favourite parts:
“We make our own luck” is a popular aphorism among the ignorant. However, Robert Frank has shown that luck plays a far bigger role in our lives than we give it credit for. Also, if you say that you make your own luck, you’re probably ignorant to how much it makes you look like an asshole.
Read the whole thing: http://dtcwee.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/landlord-sins-pride.html
And check out the rest of the series: Envy, Wrath, Greed, Lust, and Gluttony.
Doing the math, I’m expecting one more to complete the set!
I’ve been sick lately, and have tried not to push myself in the meantime. Or is it that I haven’t tried to push myself? Perhaps we should ask dtcwee, whose latest post invokes Thomas Aquinas on Gluttony to address the temptation to over-landlord:
It’s the dead of night. I get an email from the agent. It’s a problem, nothing urgent. Yet, I draft and re-draft a reply. I call them to try and work through it, and get agitated when I hit voice mail. I’m getting worked up. I can’t sleep. What if it was something I did? What will be the impact?
That’s not me being diligent. That’s me indulging.
Not in food, but in landlording; another activity that, while in moderation provides sustenance, In excess is simply imprudent.
I’m pretty impressed with this application of gluttony to the temptation to excessive diligence. It’s an excellent moral metaphor, and while I feel there ought to be something in Aquinas that addresses the question directly, trying to find something in the Summa without knowing already what it is in Thomistic terms is a recipe for frustration and a temptation to….excessive diligence.
Dtcwee has a great post today about the trials and tribulations of being a landlord:
There’s plenty of practical advice for landlords on the internet, like how to fix water heaters or evict problem tenants, but much of it is area-specific, and being demoralised makes it hard to even act on it. Sometimes I already know what needs to be done. The only thing stopping me is feeling like I’m fighting a losing battle.
So here is what I remind myself of whenever landlording difficulties leave me despondent.
I laughed out loud at the first point: No plan survives contact with the enemy.
I’ve had one very brief experience as a landlord. It wasn’t much fun, even though the tenant was great. Seeing how other landlords operate is a bit dispiriting though. The first thing we did when we moved into our unit was replace the kitchen cabinets, which were more than 40 years old, cockroach-infested, and essentially unusable due to consistent neglect. Not good enough for me to live with, but for a tenant…?
Yet Dtcwee is right – he’s providing a service for those who need it, and knowing him, the kitchen is likely in much better condition!