How precious are you?

Angry-Kid-1It always amazes me when I observe people getting upset about all kinds of things, and seeing the mentality of the victim coming out in so many different ways.

When I woke up this morning, it was just like any other. I’ve been working from home this week, so a nice little sleep in and some extra time for meditation was very welcome. I got up, went to the toilet, flushed… but something was different… the cistern wasn’t filling up as it always does. I turned the bathroom tap on, and sure enough, no water.

My first thought was “ok, was I supposed to pay a bill I have forgotten about?”. There was a knock at the door, and one of my neighbours was checking to see whether I was without water too. Relief! My bills are paid as I had thought.

I drank the water I had left in a glass from the night before, and went to the supermarket. I purchased 1.5 litres of water for $2, intuitively knowing that the water supply would be restored in a few hours, 1.5 litres would be enough to last me.

I got home and decided to check the Sydney Water Facebook page to see if there was some information on the issue. Turns out a water main had burst a couple of suburbs away from me, and it will be mid afternoon before water would be restored. No worries, I thought. I have bottled water, not showering until tonight isn’t going to kill me. Armed with a can of deodorant, I decided to get on with my day.

Apparently, it’s not that simple for a lot of people. I started reading the comments on the Sydney Water Facebook page. I must say, I got a few laughs from the attitudes of the people who were having their say.

Some were asking to be reimbursed for the bottled water they needed to purchase, others were attacking Sydney Water for taking so long to complete the repairs. Someone even criticised Sydney Water for not giving them any warning, despite the fact that this particular incident was not predictable. Damn guys you need to hire a psychic, because these incidents need to be predicted, and sufficient warning given.

Despite the waste that is created by the bottled water industry, this is something it has going for it. We have an abundance of readily available water when we are in the situation that the supply to our homes is not available. That, I am grateful for.

Yes, we pay for water to be piped directly to our homes, and in a large (or even relatively small) infrastructure, there are bound to be points of failure from time to time, unpredictable accidents, and human error. One comment, which I found hilarious, was someone who said that if there was another water company, they would switch. Cool, there’s just one challenge there. Much like the power and telecommunications companies, several water companies would likely share the same infrastructure, so it doesn’t matter who you’re with.

I am so grateful that I have water piped directly to my home, that it works 99% of the time, and that when it’s not working, I know that there is someone on the case to get it fixed without me needing to do anything. That is pretty damn amazing when you take a moment to appreciate it. Rather than getting all precious and angry at the people who are helping to get your service back up and running, why not use the experience as an opportunity to appreciate what we have available to us? You can choose to be a victim in any moment, or you can choose to see the lesson for you in the experience, you can choose to take the opportunity to examine your patterns of behaviour and how they are effecting the rest of your life.

Can you think back to a time where you were being a victim? What did you learn, or what could you learn now, looking back?

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By Peter Conna

Educator, Mentor and Business Growth Expert Peter brings a unique combination of intelligence, practicality and exuberant passion to add enormously to the success of client’s personal, business and financial lives. With over 25 years of experience in business and having coached over 2,000 individuals and presented to over 35,000 clients, his knowledge is enviable and enthusiasm infectious. Peter Conna, clearly one of the most experienced mentors and educators in Australia can also boast academic standing with qualifications including a Certificate IV in Coaching, Certificate IV in Real Estate, Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning), Bachelor of Business and Masters of Education. He is currently completing a Masters of Counselling. Driven by a strong sense of contribution, Peter enjoys hearing stories of success from his clients and the stories from the Make a Wish Foundation children he works so hard to support. His efforts to date have raised over $625,000 for the charity. He has recently created the eQ Foundation, a charity set to sponsor the education of over 1,000 children in developing countries this year. He is committed to helping individuals achieve outstanding results by providing integrity based mentoring and coaching.