Woke up today to the power being out. This sometimes happens randomly during a storm or sporadically if someone hits a transformer. (I later found out it was an equipment issue.) Cold and dark in the house, my mind started going in every direction. I thought about all the things I had to do today and they all needed power behind it.
Feeling my level of frustration rising before I even got coffee in my system (wait a minute, I can’t have coffee with the power out), I slowed myself down a bit. I was temporarily inconvenienced..temporarily and almost complained. I stopped myself and thought about how grateful I was instead. No, not that the power was out but because I knew it would come back on.
Reflecting on those moments, when the power went out and my mind raced as a single parent. Did I pay the bill? Did I have money to pay the bill? I’m sure most people can relate to that.
However now, years later my life is way different. Those aren’t worries for me anymore. I realized that my temporary inconvenience is somebody’s life, it used to be mine!
I am a person of routine, especially in the mornings, however, today, that didn’t happen. Things had to be rescheduled and put on the side. But I appreciated the unscheduled “break” in the routine. It allowed me to think things through and be more productive when the power did come back on.
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