It was the smoke detector. Yep; it needed a new battery. I decided to let it chirp a few more hours until it was time for my husband to get up for work. Besides, I wasn’t that awake to stand on a chair and fight with the contraption.
As planned, the battery in the smoke detector was replaced.
I’m not sure when first noticing, but, the front doorbell didn’t seem to be working. I do know this had been realized after the chirping smoke alarm’s squawking quit with the latest insert. The doorbell is wireless and uses three D cell batteries for the chime mechanism that resides in the house, and a teeny tiny battery for the actual doorbell attached to the side of the house.
Having found the necessary number of D cell batteries in the junk drawer (age completely unknown!), I switched out the old for the new.
Testing the doorbell did not bring about results; still no ding-ding-ding.
Next on the agenda was the teeny tiny battery which we never have on hand—or in the junk drawer—so I ventured out to the local hardware store. Aha! They had one in stock!
After switching out that battery, the testing resulted again in a no-go with the ding-ding-ding. And that meant another trip to the store for fresh D cell type batteries.
The trip was a success as was the changing of the guard in the batteries. The doorbell now chimes as it should.
You may have heard that things happen in three’s. The battery situation was no different. I’m truly beginning to believe that machines and gadgets are alive. The programmable thermostat must have been feeling lonely or jealous because it needed to have its batteries changed too! This all within the same week!
Three hundred fifty-one words later and you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this.
Seriously, though; cars need batteries to run on; clocks and phones require them, too. Just about everything we own uses a form of battery that needs to be either replaced or recharge in continuing to operate properly.
In a similar way, your body needs to recharge every so often. But unlike some appliances, you may need to unplug to gain new energy. Taking time to rest, to put aside the daily grind—even if you love what you do!—or to shut out your surroundings for a day or two, can be most helpful.
You also may have heard all of this before. Have you? And if you have, did you take some down time to unplug?
What were your results? I’d be interested in hearing about them.
And if you haven’t taken time away from the daily grind, give yourself a few hours reprieve or steal an entire day other than a weekend, why not? I’d be interested in hearing your reasons why, too.
“Travel is like a tonic to me. It's more than just getting away from the studio for a brief rest. I need it to recharge my batteries.” ~Norman Rockwell
Peggy Lee Hanson, personal transition guide and mentor, is expert at compassionately helping those suffering loss of any proportion, especially through unemployment. Using proven strategies and support, she teaches how to move quickly and easily through current or impending life-changing moments so that you can have the life you are meant -- and deserve -- to live.
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