When Everything Goes Wrong at Home
I also found as I returned to my own life, that everything goes wrong. Some of the things that have happened to me include
flooded spetic system, chimney fire, roof needing replacement, weather turning cold and furnace won't work, flooded basement,
vehicle repairs, dead batteries in vehicles, etc. It seemed that Murphy's Law was very much affecting my life. I felt as
if I was in a hole, a very dark hole and every time I tried to climb up out of the hole, something else would go wrong and
knock me back down.
It took much coaching from my co-workers but I finally began to understand what was really happening to me. I was having every
day, normal problems. What was different for me was, I was now dealing with them alone. I needed to find a balance between
work and my personal life, something I still haven't mastered.
Calling for Repair Work
One of the hardest things for me to learn how to do was to pick up the phone and call a repair shop. My problem wasn't knowing
how to do this but finding the time. I am still learning to make those follow-up phone calls. I usually got recommendations
from my friends as to who to call for different repairs. However, I have learned that I have to be persistent and follow-up
to make sure they take me serious. Usually, I know what the problem is and what needs to be done. However, alot of businesses
are alittle slower in scheduling repair work. Be reasonable but also, don't let them put you off.
I have learned alot about myself during these home problems. I have found that I have to be reasonable with others but if
they don't seem to be interested in my business, I can always call another. Sooner or later, I will find the people who really
do want the job. For some of my home problems, I have learned to resolve them myself. I have learned to ask lots of questions
at the local hardware and/or lumber yard. There are people there willing to teach you what you need to do. Also, I invested
in a home repair book that is easy to read and understand.