Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shake It Off

What a relief when snowplows clear your street after a major snow storm—until you walk outside and find your mailbox on the ground. What happens next? I can tell you what you shouldn’t happen. No angry calls to the snow plow folks complaining about damaged mailboxes. Damage is a hazard of the season. You also don’t call the mailbox repair man because there isn’t one. Even though you can call for help to clean your house, clear out the debris, pick up your dry cleaning, mow the lawn, and shovel snow, no one’s coming to your house to fix a mailbox. Last week we had to pick up our little mailbox off the ground and move on. No use moping. It’s a time to get the creative do-it-yourself juices flowing! You should see some of the contraptions people devise to solve snowy weather problems. Here’s one:

It’s not what you’d expect to see after a snow storm, but it is a solution that works. If you’re a regular news watcher, you’ll notice that we’re becoming a society of emotional responders rather than creative problem-solvers. Every week someone commits an unnecessary act of violence because things didn’t work out according to their plans. We all overreact from time to time. How do you control your anger?      

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