Freedom or Bondage?

Last Update: October 27, 2014

A couple of days ago, we had a power outage here in Panama that lasted for almost 24 hours. NO INTERNET for a whole day! I was in a mild panic for the first several hours. When will the power come back on? I have things to do! My article isn't posted yet! OMG!

Then, I came to terms with the fact that there was nothing I could do about it. I decided to find something else to do to occupy the, what now seemed like, very long hours. I played with my dogs, cleaned my closet out, did some gardening, and my hubby and I took a leisurely walk around our neighborhood. We even met a new neighbor a couple of blocks over and had an interesting conversation that eventually led to a Thanksgiving dinner invitation. Cool - we made a new friend!

THIS is why I chose to start an internet business! My original vision was that working on the computer would lead to more flexibility with my time and the 'freedom' to do more of the things I love. What happened? I had become practically addicted to my computer business and was neglecting the things I really treasured in my life.

It took a 'forced break' of the bondage I created for myself to make me realize, I need to have a healthy balance in my life. Please, include quality time for yourself as you build your business. Remember the reason you started your business - to have more freedom!

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Moonrock2 Premium
Also quality time for your love ones.
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Dfishell Premium
Absolutely! I am still learning too. A while ago my husband called out "breakfast is ready" and I said "in a minute, I have to finish this post". ;}
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Loes Premium
Wise words, I will remember that, I am addicted too, and not even a bit, I have worked nonstop every free minute from half of July. Keep repeating this message please ;) I am a kind of unteachable.
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Dfishell Premium
Maybe someone should turn off your power for a day? ;)
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Loes Premium
That surely would help :)
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skc Premium
Come and live in South Africa to learn about power outages and internet instability. It has improved lately but some years back each little suburb had to share being without power on a sort of rotational basis for some hours each week and this went on for over a year! All that is "saving us" at present, (I think), is with the poor state of the economy, all the power hungry factories are not needing what they normally need at peak.
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Dfishell Premium
Maybe that's a little blessing in disguise then? I hope you enjoy your time with simple pleasures when the power is out.
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TheHammer Premium
Aahh... Good ole load shedding hey Shawn? Was some interesting times. lol.

Loes, there apps and programs you can get that will shut off your internet for a decided period of time. That might help with some of the addiction ;)
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Dfishell Premium
I'll have to check into those apps and programs myself.
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skc Premium
You're right, fortunately I was brought up with no electricity until about 17, (Candles, lamps and a fire under a drum for hot water:) and my "Internet" then, was a party telephone line shared by about 10 farms! So when power cuts, I am not excessively disturbed. (but as for the kids? Not so sure about them:)
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TheHammer Premium
They are pretty cool. Will see if I can dig them out and share them with you. Providing you use a MAC, no doubts there will be PC versions as well :)
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TheHammer Premium
Sounds great to be honest... It is crazy how fast things can change!

Which area did you grow up?
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skc Premium
Rural KZN.
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kholmes Premium
Yep, sometimes you just have to get up walk away and get back to basics, it will still be there...definitely not going anywhere. Sometimes a bad thing can create a good thing. :))
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Dfishell Premium
At least, it seems like there is always a little lesson to learn if we're open to it. :)
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kholmes Premium
I got to know some new neighbors better because of a power outage that took a few days to resolve. We all gathered and had BBQs, went to the lake for water to flush toilets..lol...just never know. :))
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CarlaIves Premium
Good lesson to learn. Yes, it's annoying with no power, but. . . it's doable. Two years ago, we had a derecho come through and we were without power for almost 8 days. Now where I live in NJ, the power goes out when the cat farts, but this was really, really bad. We couldn't get out of our neighborhoods either as the intense vertical storm had taken down many trees and blocked roads. We managed, though. I won't tell you I liked it, but it taught me a LOT. Glad you had a good day.
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Dfishell Premium
8 days would really be rough! Glad you saw the message to learn in the situation.
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