Who said it was going to be a simple kitchen and laundry renovation?
Then the floors. Then paint. Finito!
Hmmm… I really WAS delusional, wasn’t I?
The tiled floor in the laundry has to come up. It’s not secured to the concrete slab, so up it comes. Only, that leads into the wc and the bathroom… so they both have to be done. One thing leads to another, and all of a sudden, we’re renovating the bathroom too!
And like my little (but expensive!) saga of renovation dominoes, life can be like this too. We plod merrily along and decide to change something. It’s probably a little something, and it’s needed doing for a while, and may have even been annoying us and we just couldn’t tolerate it anymore.
So, we make the decision. Take action. And bam! Before we know it, a whole host of reactions we didn’t expect have us madly trying to surf the falling dominoes (like in that gorgeous movie Robots) without getting buried alive.
There is no way to stop the dominoes falling once they get started – apart from running at breakneck speed ahead of the wave and kicking a few key pieces completely out of the picture.
I received an email newsletter recently from a lovely lady who’d provided us with great service and advice a few years back. In her email she described how she’d moved into her dream apartment with her partner mid last year, spent a month on a lovely holiday with him and his family, then came back home and her life fell apart. Not only her relationship, but her finances and other complications, it seems. She’s back on her feet now, and learning to be grateful for every small little thing. Here she was, at the top of her game and whammo – not one thing, but a whole procession of things determined to shake her up.
Life has a way of doing that, doesn’t it?
Next time you’re considering a change – like moving house, or changing jobs, or starting a business, or renovating your kitchen – can you stop for a moment to think through a ‘what else?’ scenario. What ELSE might happen if I change this?
Guaranteed – something will!