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Wait 'til you hear what happened to ME!!!

Last Sunday, I was in my kitchen making some coffee when I realized the pool water was acting up. When I went outside and got closer, there was a weird noise coming from the filter area. My first thought was: “There is probably a dead frog, or worse, a dead snake caught in there." I checked the motor. It was acting weird too. I decided to send a video of the pool to Aaron, my pool maintenance guy, to let him know what was going on and ask for his advice. He told me that the pool needed more water and to add some. Add water to an already filled pool??? Hmm...



Anyway…. I took a bucket and started filling it with water from my kitchen faucet to pour into the pool. Please don’t laugh at my illogical action. After 6 unsuccessful trips, I decided this filling-the-pool-with-a bucket wasn’t working and went to Home Depot to buy a garden hose. It took approximately 3 hours for everything to go back to normal with the pool. I am so not looking forward to next month’s water bill :-(

In everything that happens to me, I always look for the lesson. In this instance, there are FOUR I would like to share with you:


1- Be mindful of the little things. If I wasn’t a visual person, I might have not realized, from my kitchen slide door that the pool water was acting weird. And most likely by the following day, the pool motor would have stopped working, and I would have had to buy a new one and pay for a new installation.


2- Even when you think you understand, if it’s an area you’re not familiar with- ASK MORE QUESTIONS TO MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS SAID. Do you know why I thought I could fill the pool with small buckets of water? Because I honestly didn’t understand what Aaron meant by “the pool needs more water”. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea that a pool that looked filled to me could need more water. I started acting like I’m brainless.


3- Procrastination Today leads to Emergency Tomorrow. I have been saying that I need to buy a garden hose for almost 2 years. But I never found one that I like: “What’s there to like, Emma? Get the hose and keep it moving”. Procrastination takes different forms. Identify yours so you can have a plan of action to overcome it before it costs you.


4- No harm ever came from a mindful nap. A mindful nap is when you are dozing off, but your brain is working in the background. There are times when our subconscious can use a 15-minute nap to communicate information to us that the stress and the noise of this world has kept us from receiving. For the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to figure out how to scale my business and pay off some of those pesty credit card debts. When I woke up, I had clarity on what my next steps should be on those two areas.


Now let me ask you this: "Have you ever had a brainless moment? Or had one of those mindful naps?" Let me know in the comment section and/or share your own thoughts on the lessons.


Until next time,


Emma

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J.L. Cook
J.L. Cook
Sep 02, 2022

If I'm not familiar with something, it frustrates me when I think I grasp a concept and I don't. I admire that you just took your pool guy's word for it. It shows you respect his ability. I have a tendancy to demand answers. Sometimes, we just need to do what needs to be done and demand answers later.

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Hahaha I don’t think it fully registered when he told me what to do and that’s why I acted on it as if I was brainless. I like that last statement!!!

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Beautiful lesson! Procrastination today leads to emergency tomorrow 🙌🏿👌

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I think I learned my lesson this time. Which reminds me I have to go put gas in my car ‘cause it’s almost on empty 🤦🏽‍♀️😁

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I love this Sis. Especially the part about procrastination🙈

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That’s why we need a plan to counteract when our procrastination kicks in.

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I called those mindful naps : my Eureka moments🤩🤩

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Exactly!!! Eureka is the perfect term to describe them.

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C Box
C Box
Aug 22, 2022

Have I had brainless moments...? Unfortunately ... YES to many times I'm afraid to admit! But after reading this, I realize why, and it's because of what you pointed out that we have to ask questions in order to make sure that we fully understand. Especially when it's not our area of expertise.


Good Read!! It made for awesome reflection on something that seems so simple but can be a game changer in how I can now approach many things differently.

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Yes, Claudia. Those brainless moments happened quite often, but people are embarrassed to share them because the whole incident can be quite embarrassing. I just hope that after reading this, more people will be able to laugh it off instead of make themselves feel bad for an honest or thoughtless mistake.

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