What does an alarm clock mean to you?
Your usually reliable phone inexplicably shuts off during the night, so your 7 a.m. alarm doesn’t go off.
You oversleep, leave late for work, and hit the peak rush hour traffic that you would have otherwise avoided. The time spent oversleeping plus the time spent in extra traffic causes you to miss your morning meeting. You’re embarrassed, frustrated, and worried.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a stable, professional job, it might be easy to turn your bad morning into a good day. Your skills are highly valued, and being late to work on rare occasions doesn’t jeopardize your employment. Still, you want to ensure that you’re on time tomorrow. When you get home from work, you pull your old alarm clock out of the closet to set a back-up alarm for the next morning.
If you’ve just gotten back on your feet, are working a less stable or minimum-wage job, your bad morning can escalate. When you arrive to work late, your manager pulls you aside. He bluntly reminds you that a few weeks ago, you were late for work because you missed the bus. You know you had the best of intentions, trying to get the kids ready and lunches made for school while getting yourself off to work, but with one unexpected complication such as a failed alarm clock, the impact on your day is huge. You have no backup alarm to set for the next day, and there’s no money in your budget to buy one.
Small advantages and disadvantages often snowball. An alarm clock can make the difference between keeping or losing a job. That’s why the small donations you give to charity — whether household items or a financial donation — make a bigger difference than you realize.