Well, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks. First, let me say that this Nugget is a little overdue, and for that I apologise. After reading this Nugget, you may be more enlightened as to why.
It all started about ten days ago. To cut a long story short, Warren informed me that our internet connection had died. After trying all sorts of things, the penny dropped.
I wandered outside, and, sure enough, two ends of a white PVC conduit were sticking up out of newly scraped grass. A bobcat working next door preparing for driveways and paths had snagged the conduit (which Telstra had laid just under the grass). Phones, internet, fax – everything had been ripped out …
Well, there went the next two days as the whole saga was fought out amongst Telstra, the bobcat guys, the Telstra contractors, the builder and the electrician.
Monday morning I had a “meeting” with the dentist – normally a 30 minute drive up the Motorway. An hour after leaving home, I’m stuck on the Motorway going nowhere, and no more than a ten minute drive from home. I finally made it to the nearest off ramp, turned around and went home. An accident on the Motorway had stopped traffic. Another day doing nothing profitable.
Then there was Tuesday. We live in Brisbane. And on Tuesday, in Brisbane, it rained. We’re fine, but the roads all around us went under water. And the bobcat we had coming to prepare our yard for turf was cancelled. As was the turf and the fencing that was to follow shortly after.
Phones were playing up, mobiles dropping out. And to top it all off, my Mum was away and I was supposed to be looking after her dogs. Another morning gone as I battled the rain and closed roads, and finally made it to her place to clean up her very wet yard, deck and dogs.
And then there was the car problem. My car wouldn’t start the other night and I ended up walking home (it’s OK, fortunately, it was only a 5 minute walk). More time gone whilst we sorted that out.
There’s more, but you get the picture …it seemed like no matter which way I turned, I was just responding to circumstances and chaos out of my control.
Now, I’m not a patient person, and I don’t tolerate fools lightly. And I can become very frustrated with things out of my control. But, at the end of the day, I am a wee bit older than I used to be, hopefully a little wiser, and very aware that it’s not about the problem, it’s about how I respond to the problem.
So I spoke kindly to the Telstra guys, thanked the contractors that turned up to help fix the problem, calmed down the neighbor who was apologetic, phoned the dentist and made a new time, and used a lot of towels to clean up the water at Mums.
Life and investing in property is a bit like the past ten days – full of unexpected occurrences, twists and turns, unwelcome intrusions and obstacles. And it can really stop you in your tracks, distract you, and take you away from what you really need or want to be doing.
The most important thing is to take it in your stride. It’s all about how you respond.
Sometimes you need to deal with the issue on the spot, other times you need to turn a different way. Sometimes you need to deal with it another day, and other times you just need a break. And sometimes, you might need to just walk away.
Regardless, it will pass. Today the sun is shining, my phone and internet are working, the bobcat has been, the turf is coming tomorrow and the fencer is not far behind. The dentist is still there (and so is my tooth!) and will be waiting for me tomorrow. Oh yes, the neighbors have finally gotten their driveway and paths completed and I have landscaping over the now deeply buried Telstra cables.
So, no matter how bad things get, and for how long, sooner or later, it all comes good!