Power Plays: Blown Fuses and Short Circuits

A blown fuse, caused by a temporary overload or power surge simply needs to be replaced or reset. A short circuit is frayed wires that need to repaired. They both result in no power, but the fixes are very different. After eight hours of trying to troubleshoot and fix a no power situation in my home, I’m 95% confident to say it is a short circuit situation.¹  This reminds me of how our brains work.

We all glitch. You know, you can’t recall the name of something, you send an email without all the information, you notice the light is green and wonder how long you have been sitting there. It’s a mental blown fuse. It’s temporary and just requires a reset. A mental short circuit may present with the same symptoms only in a persistent state. The balance is discerning the difference and acting accordingly. The remedy for a blown fuse may be as simple as a good night’s sleep or food. That more problematic state, mental short circuitry requires troubleshooting. What’s the root case? What can you fix?  What’s it going to cost you?

Of course it’s going to cost. Snap out of rainbows, puppies and unicorns. Consider, a persistent state, of oops, mistakes and flusterations (fluster and frustration) mean you are unwilling to let something go, or take an action because it’s going to cost you. You may be assigned to much work. Admitting it will cost you, but, can you afford not to? Even if you’re doing the job of 2.5 people, can you afford to keep making errors? Sure, you may be overloaded, others may even know this. However, your mistakes, your delays, your inconsistencies show sloppy, unreliable work. No power.

Me and no power for two days, I’m calling a professional; I need help. I can afford it, it meaning I’ll shift some things around. It’s the same for a work situation. A blown fuse; is a temporary overload, a surge. Do a reset. A short circuit, frayed wires and loose ends, you’ll need a fix. Accept it, determine what you can afford and find the balance between reset and repair. That’s the power.



¹I have reset the circuit breaker. Unplugged everything in the room with no power.  Reset the circuit breaker multiple times.  Checked all the GFCIs outlets. Reset circuit breakers, multiple times again. Found one GFCI that wouldn’t reset. Replaced it after three trips to the hardware store. Did all of the above again. Got nothing but an idea for a blog post: -)

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