24 hours without heating

Having your heater break down during a Melbourne winter is not much fun – especially when you are working from home. I’d put on as many layers of clothing as I could and still be able to move my arms and fingers to do my work on my computer. And I was still cold.

Very late in the afternoon, I managed to track down a plumber who knew our system and said he could help – the next day.

“I don’t suppose there’s anything I could say that would make you be able to come tonight?” I asked. Apologetically, he explained he had to go out that evening, but assured me he’d arrive by 11 am the next day.

Suddenly I realized how pathetic my plea must have sounded.

Then I found my inner voice saying ‘Good Grief Sandi – get a grip! If you feel cold, just think of the homeless people, for goodness sake!’

And so that’s what I did. Yes, I retired to bed early that night. But I did have a lovely warm doona to snuggle under, a comfortable bed to lie on, and my soul mate lying next to me. How blessed was I?

Life is all about perspective. And I believe if we find ourselves in what we feel is a bad, challenging and/or less-than-ideal situation, it is worthwhile to pause and think about our response to this – and consider how our situation might look from another, less fortunate perspective.

It can make for a great reality check …

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    I find this very sad. 

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