In the past few weeks, it's been one thing after another. Never mind the big things like a trip to the ER or back surgery, it's all of the little nuances that seem to add up. The air conditioner in the car died, then the air conditioner in the HOUSE went out too. The dryer kicked the bucket, then water spilled over the computer.
I believe it's important to keep in mind that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you deal with it. On the other hand though, there's got to be a point where you just throw your hands up.
Today I was reminded of something important however. Sometimes, even when you don't know why things happen, no matter how furious they can make you...there really is a good reason.
When the repair guy came to fix our dryer, he said that the whatcha-mathingy blew out because the dryer wasn't working efficiently enough. When he asked how long it had been since our dryer vent was cleaned, I had to stop and think.
"Ummmmmm...maybe a year ago...ish?" I said with a smile.
"You need to get it done. Now." He replied, without a smile.
He fixed the dryer and left, stating that I needed to call someone immediately once he was gone.
I Googled a guy and he came out today with his dryer vent cleaning thingy equipment. Within a few minutes, I heard him yell, "Ugh, Ma'am? Can you come here please?"
Going into the laundry room, he had that "look" on his face.
"I can't get through this vent. It's pretty much like a concrete wall in there. I'm actually surprised you guys haven't had a fire by now."
He worked on the vent for sometime and eventually got everything cleared. With the amount of laundry that we have between the six of us, we use our washer and dryer pretty much non-stop. Thank God the dryer broke before a fire started.
The bottom line is - in the midst of the chaos that we all go through everyday, it's always good to remember two things.
Number one. Don't sweat the small stuff. Things happen constantly that can make us crazy. Most of the time it feels like there's no reason for any of it...at all, but sometimes - just sometimes, you may never know.
And number two...always clean the dryer lint. :)
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