It’s not how you react (with emotion) but how you respond (with action). Included in a fine graduation speech heard recently, these words carry notable weight for me this evening.
Water had already ready receded by the time it was discovered. The round rug was drenched and still drying.
Last night the southern part of Denver received torrential rains and substantial hail. If you recall my blog entitled “Mistakes are Information” you think we should have been prepared for extra rain as some had seeped into my studio in the past. Well…last evening’s storm was unusually heavy. This morning I woke up to a recently-remodeled studio with wet floors. Of course, reaction came first–one of shock and frustration and then the first response was a call to my piano student who remodeled the studio this past March.
No more basket to house percussion instruments…
The negatives of this unfortunate series of events are obvious, there is no need to review them. After “soaking” in reality, here’s my response:
1) It is expected that something strange will happen when my husband travels out of town–a guarantee! Thankfully, his flight landed–despite some major turbulence–and he was home with me to wade through the situation.
Thankfully, all instruments were spared from any water damage.
2) My student, the contractor, immediately took action and made sure the wood floor was removed ASAP to dry. It now continues to
The bathroom remained dry and now houses chairs and filing cabinets.
“recover” in the garage. All looks good and it appears it can be “popped” back into place once all is dry.
3) Besides the floor, the pianos, computers, and books remained dry.
All the hardwood slats are drying in the garage.
4) So many more neighborhoods sustained much more severe damage. Thinking the garden will recover, however, I morn the loss of cilantro.
5) As I finished taking pictures, this final photo of the lovely orchid reminded me of one more positive. The beautiful plant was a gift from a mom of a student who recently sustained countless rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery and thankfully lives cancer-free. My health is fine, my husband is home and cooking again (yes, I’m spoiled). Even though the hail and high water paid an unexpected visit, the studio will recover and in the meantime lessons will be taught upstairs in the hot and much drier living room.
Perspective–makes it much easier to respond and not react.
Hail and high water, really not a fan of either…so don’t “come” anymore, please! Lesson learned.