When things go wrong

This topic is not what I planned to write about but as life goes, things change all the time especially when things go wrong. Yesterday started off on a bad note as I felt unwell. I had what my mother used to call a ‘muzzy head’. This is not quite a feeling of dizziness but a feeling of not being quite there. So that’s how my day started. It improved during the morning and I got things done, some research on orphan girls in the 1800s and some sewing. I took time to sit and watch the birds in the garden and the occasional butterfly still around. This time of sitting doing nothing was very good for me as it always is. It is something I can recommend for everybody.

After lunch the day changed. Only little things but annoying things which take time to deal with and add up to a certain amount of pressure to deal with them. My printer decided it did not like the black ink cartridge anymore which it often does as I use what I call ‘clone’ replacements and every so often the printer demands a real Epson cartridge. Today was that day and it refused two of my ‘clone’ ones. So I am now without a printer until I get a real Epson cartridge to put in it. I can manage but having to handwrite everything is not easy as my fingers don’t work like they used to.

That was the start of the mishaps or things that went wrong. The smoke alarm decided it needed a new battery so I panicked as I find it hard to reach. I did manage this and took the battery out to stop the constant beeping. There is another smoke alarm so I am still safe. Then the saucepan lid fell off and broke the knob on it while I was cooking. I was hoping it would all end there and it did but it had been quite stressful. Time for a sit by the window watching the birds and taking time to breathe deeply.

Of course these were minor things so what happens when serious things go wrong? It is still a time for sitting and thinking things out, what to do next or where to go to find help. It is easy to panic and do the wrong thing making matters worse so I always try to sit down and think quietly about what went wrong and how to deal with it. Some times of course, you have to sort it out quickly or there could be a disaster in the home or workplace but if you can, find the time to sit and think about what has happened and how to deal with it. It makes life easier.

1 thought on “When things go wrong

  1. Oh dear, what a bothersome day! And I think you’re quite right, the best thing to do with days like that is to call Time Out on them. But sometimes things can feel so overwhelming that even then your mind just goes round and round…! I find just parking the problem if I can & getting on with little routine things helps.
    The Readers Group I belong to at our local library has been given Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ to read this month. I read it first a long time ago & absolutely love the series about Mma Ramotswe, her kindly humour & gentle philosophy. Here is a quote I read yesterday which seems to sum it up for me.
    ‘She stopped. It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for going on. Pumpkin.’
    Hope you have a better day, but thank you for sharing that one. It’s good to remember we all have ones like that!
    Linda x

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