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Detachment

It's been a hectic couple of days, which unfortunately lead to being detached from the world around me. I've been thinking about that, and have realized that this is, for me, a greater danger than inactivity. True, when I don't have something going on, I tend to let my mind space out, which is not always good.

But when things knock me out of my routine, I tend to shift mentally to a 'nothing is going to get done' mode. Which is a bad mode. Especially since it's been 4 days, and will probably be at least another one before life moves back towards normal. Why? Because plumbers in Monticello don't work weekends, which means that Saturday's sewer disaster didn't begin to get solved until Monday. And on Monday, it was discovered that the sewer line is broken off from the sewer main, which requires digging the thing up, which requires a call to Arkansas OneCall, who will come mark the gas main and such, to make sure the plumber doesn't do some serious damage. OneCall has a 72-hour service time, maybe sooner, maybe later. Then, after they mark the lines, the plumber will get back when he can, dig up the broken parts, fix it, and we'll be free to flush again! Except that it's also raining. And I don't know if he'll have to wait until it's dry or not to dig.

And keep in mind, they don't work weekends. So, if OneCall takes 72 hours to respond, that'll be Thursday, and then maybe it'll get done on Friday or perhaps...Monday. This is, of course, not the only possibility. Perhaps Rick Anthony is out there, right now, digging hard to get this done. I don't know.

Anyway, my point was that, I'm in my office. Where everything works. So why should the fact that the sewer at home doesn't keep me from working? It shouldn't. I don't even have to worry about the family. They're up the hall, here at the church. And the cats do not know how to flush a toilet, so they're not in any danger either.

It comes back to training ourselves to be focused and disciplined. There are always going to be distractions and inconsistencies in our days. We have to be prepared to face those, and still stay on target with what we need to do. Don't detach from the world just because some things knock you off track. Instead, make the effort to stay with your other routines, just to help your sanity!

Have a good day!

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