2018: Page 38

Some thoughts, lessons, and/or reflections from the day:

  • I woke up just before the alarm would have gone off and found out the schools were closed so I was able to go back to sleep for a while. 🙂
  • To be up and ready and not be needed is often better than being needed and not being ready.
  • Before heading to work I found out the school was having internet issues and nobody seemed to know the who and how of their network setup.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know the answer to either of those questions.
  • My first task of the day at work was to take care of the snow.  There was no wind and the temperature was not bitterly cold so it was rather pleasant to be out clearing the walks.
  • When I came inside to take a break I got pulled into the internet issues, so my next several hours were spent with my IT hat on.
  • We eventually found a temporary workaround and I was able to find the source of the problem.  What I didn’t have was time to figure out why it was set up in the way it was and what all would be affected by dealing with the problem so we settled on the workaround until a more thorough evaluation could be made.
  • Sometimes we see a problem and are so quick to “solve it” according to what helps us that we miss seeing how our “solution” may actually cause bigger problems elsewhere.
  • I suppose that would be a good question for each of us to ask ourselves during the decision making process, “Does this course of action make things easier for others or more difficult . . . or does it honestly have no affect on others?”
  • Even the most “big-picture” thinker we know will miss parts of the actual picture as the details can often seem unimportant to them.  But when the big picture person works in cooperation with the detail person, a lot can get accomplished.
  • While there are situations that require immediate action, being able to have time to “think things through” helps me to have actions that are more productive.
  • Eventually I made it back outside to finish the snow blowing that needed done.  The wind had picked up so it wasn’t quite as pleasant of a task as it had been in the morning, but it was still nice to see the bare sidewalks appear behind me.
  • With a full day, today’s photo is one I took yesterday as we arrived at Lake Michigan and this flock of ducks took off from the water’s surface.  It seems that when one senses danger, the entire group takes off and relocates away from the perceived source of danger.  We would all do well to consider those around us rather than just looking out to protect our self.

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2 thoughts on “2018: Page 38

  1. Lots of excellent observations! It is the way of the world that whatever we do has a ripple effect. It is sometimes impossible to anticipate the repercussions of our actions and other times it is patently apparent!

    • Thanks! Yes, we will likely never fully see where all the ripples of our actions travel but we would be wise to consider those things, and people, in the immediate path of our “splash” . . . especially if we tend to jump into everything “cannonball” style. 😀

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