Sometimes we just need a slap.


I’ve been struggling with a dilemma. Now this isn’t the first time the current circumstance reared it’s ugly mug, as a matter of fact, I’m embarrassed to say, this same issue continues to confront me over and over again. (Slow learner, I guess.)


As I walked up the driveway, I’d just about convinced myself to take the see and avoid approach to the conundrum and brush the hoo-ha under the rug. Seconds later, I heard the call. The sign. The burning bush. An event to insight action.


A tiny pop, followed by a slow hiss like a soda top sounded as a bunch of miniature heads poked up from the lawn. The pent up pressure gurgled and coughed, choked and gargled as it snaked its way through the underground lines. A small, but determined geyser of water sputtered, sprayed and then sputtered again. Old faithful sucked in a huge, raspy breath and spit a thin stream straight up in the air. One shot, a thick column, six feet in the air. Just as fast as she fired, the gusher sucked back and trickled over the unidirectional spout. Not quite sure what to expect next, I cautiously stepped in and levered over the sprinkler head. Nothing. The mini lawn watering well idled. I squatted and angled closer until my eye ball hovered inches from the potential super soaker.  


Pop, hiss, slap. 


I feel back on my heels. The water lapped across my face. Old faithful fired again and whacked me square in the forehead.


 Brat, tat, tat, tat. 


The unidirectional head spun around and fired methodically like a Tommy machine gun. Three seconds of unabashed spray, soaked my entire head.


As the streams of water cascaded down my cheeks, I had an epiphany. The universe spoke and I felt the cold, wet, sobering truth. Wake up and face the situation head on you boneless, skinless, cage free, organic chicken. Dripping wet, I busted into a belly laugh.


Sometimes we just need a slap.


*Not to self: The universe works in mysterious ways.


*Fact for the skeptics: It was Chicago mid-September. What are the odds of the sprinkler firing without me turning the water on?


*Wise women say: Silence is deadly. You can never get what you want unless you speak your truth.


E.L. Chappel author of Risk

Mustering up some gumption

aka The Glamorous Wife

1 Comment

  1. Amine on August 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Great to see Credit Control get a mention there Martin as this is quite often the thing that pelope learn through experience 3 months down the line! Another thing that would get a mention from me is Market Research. Now the thought of that can sound really scarey as pelope think blimey I have no idea what that is but in a nutshell it is just testing your thoughts on how popular your service or product is by way of demand in your area whether local or national etc. This can be a short survey that you conduct with pelope online or by phone or it could just be trawling through websites gaining information. But whatever the method it will help to test financial forecasts as a reality check.Unfortunately I see a fair few pelope who skimp on this planning part but confidently write in their forecasts X amount of customers per month worth a3X revenue yet there is no substance behind the numbers and they are just plucked out of thin air You say about the cost of the product or service and I would expand that a bit to encourage pelope to think about the cost to acquire the customer too that will buy the product or service. So if you buy something for a350 and sell for a3100 then its not a350 profit if there is a cost to acquire the sale via advertising or promotion. Even with trades there is the cost of traveling to and from jobs for quotes for example.

Leave a Comment