There is one thing we fear most as Floridians.
It’s not sharks. Or hurricanes. Or even snakes and spiders.
There is one thing so much more frightening than that.
It is the moment when our air conditioner breaks.
A few weeks ago, Dave and I came face to face with this very fear. I noticed the house felt a little hot, and went over to check the thermostat. The thermostat was set for 75 degrees. But the inside temperature of the house was 78, which meant we had a problem.
We found a few more signs of trouble near the condenser and quickly called the one person we knew could fix the problem, the repair company, and then sat down to wait.
Because once you call the one person who can fix something, that’s what you do.
And watch the number on the thermostat.
An hour later it went up another degree.
We were powerless. All we could do was wait.
But then it went up to 80 degrees. There had to be something we could do!
We can’t overhaul an entire air conditioner, but couldn’t we do something to help with the problem? A quick google search gave us a few ideas, and an hour later Dave was outside with a shop vac, some clear tubing, and a roll of duct tape.
AND IT WORKED.
Now, can we fix every air conditioner problem? No.
Can we build an air conditioner from the ground up? Absolutely not.
But we were able to do something to make a difference this time when we realized it was broken.
I know it’s a big jump to move from thinking about our broken air conditioner to thinking about the broken state of the world – but hang with me, because the principles we are going to talk about are surprisingly the same.
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