The lights went out
Just as darkness was approaching yesterday afternoon the electricity supply in the house disappeared. Suddenly there was no power, no lighting and no heating. And it is mid-winter here on the UK’s south coast. And it is dark here from about 4 pm until nearly 8 am. And it is quite cold at night.
There I was, sitting at the desk, desk-lamp on, happily preparing my session for today’s NLP Master Practitioner training programme. Suddenly, and with a little sigh, the PC closed down, the screen went black, the desk-lamp went off, and everything became quiet. Very quiet indeed. We had lost power.
I tried switching things off and on. Tried the fuse board. Checked to see if the neighbours had also lost power (they hadn’t). And then realised that apart from the gas hub everything else was electrically powered! We were completely dependent on that one source – for heat, hot water, lighting, computer power – even my laptop was almost out of charge!
And at just after 4 pm on Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck the chances of getting an electrician to arrive before 5.30 PM and sort things out didn’t look too promising. Fortunately the owner of nearby Scoles Manor, where we hold some of our courses, recommended a local electrician – A R Harris of Swanage. I phoned them. Within 20 minutes the doorbell rang – they’d arrived. Within 5 minutes they’d solved the issue. Light, power, and hope returned. I was relieved and elated.
All your eggs in the same basket
This week’s Pegasus NLP Newsletter is about the vulnerability of being overly dependent – of not spreading your bets.
We can be vulnerable is we have just one or two friends, or are completely devoted to the family or, if you work for yourself, having just one main source of income.
The solution is to diversify. To value the comfort, the benefits of having lots of eggs in one basket. But to also recognise that this can be a vulnerable situation to b
It may even be a good idea to not be too dependent on one source of power – such as electricity… or, importantly, on one source of income…