A Piece of My Day

A Piece of Saturday, 14 August 2010…

Posted on: Saturday, 14 August 2010

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At approximately ten minutes before 11pm, our cable box blinked off. No warning, no reason, no buttons were pressed (at least in our home), no anything…just, all of a sudden – no cable.

OK – let’s not panic.

Hubby S used to work for the local cable company, so he really wasn’t worried. There’s a certain cynical nature which develops after someone works for a company like this, and – boy howdy – has he ever developed his cynical nature where the cable company is concerned. As the wife of a former cable employee, I have also developed what we might call a “co-cynical” nature.

So, point being – neither of us was really that surprised this happened.

However, ten minutes before the top of the hour is really a darn inconvenient time for us to lose our cable. I mean, we were watching “House Hunters” and were in the commercial break they always have right before we find out which of the three homes they chose! Come on!

OK – let’s not panic.

Truly, I say to you – in the grand scheme of things, this is not a big deal, at all. It’s not even close to a big deal. I did change my Facebook status to say something jokey about this incident: “Cable box just blinked off all of a sudden in the middle of “House Hunters.” Now I may never know which house they picked! (LOL)” As I reflected on all this, however, I realized I was annoyed with not knowing which house this couple I’ve never met who lives in a city nowhere near me picked!

I’ve decided my annoyance has to do with resolution, or, rather, the lack thereof. Ever taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? (If not, Google it…) I’m a “J.” One of the things that being a “J” means is that I like resolution, and I like it sooner, rather than later.

So, clearly, I recognize that I can let go of the “House Hunters” episode. This whole thing tonight was a minor annoyance, and the cable was back up, conveniently, right at 11pm. However, what I learn from all these little annoyances is a much bigger lesson about handling bigger disappointments, bigger losses, or bigger non-resolved situations – and life is full of all three of these. What I learn is to solve what I can and let go of what I can’t.

Peace be upon your day and night!



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