There is something quite aggravating with having to squeeze 8 hours of work into 4 and a half hours due to Eskom and their special holiday load shedding and whats worse… it has been predicted to continue throughout the remainder of the week, oh what a joyful time for all….NOT!
While most would scream to the heavens in thanks for giving them a reason to get out of work, the reality it’s actually rather dismal when there is nothing to do while gazing at a blank computer screen. The day drags, paranoia sets in and eventually the frustration of not being able to do anything leads you to a type of load shedding hysteria where you begin to wonder if your boss is secretly suspecting YOU to be at the root of the power outage and it was YOU who sabotaged the electricity… Yeah like I say its a type of hysteria…
None the less the load shedding us South Africans are currently getting acquainted with is more than just a silly inconvenience but a social transformation right in front of our eyes. Its quite interesting to be a part of and you should pay attention to the fact that as we are left with nothing to do we resort to an innate social tool that most have forgotten about….TALKING!!! Yup thats right there is nothing left to do but start up a conversation with whomever may be around.
Nothing to do at work…TALK
Nothing to do at home…TALK
Nothing to keep the kids busy with… TALK
Whats more is not only are people connecting in conversation but you can mark my words that the current electricity situation or lack there of is also going to result in a baby boom…just you wait and see.
There are only so many things that people can talk about once that done there just one more thing left…just like in the old days (according to my parents…eeeuuu)
This really could be history in the making…some years from now you may find yourself sitting around the dinner table telling the “Young-in’s” about the load shedding back in 2007 that resulted in…well…them :”)
All that I can really say about the load shedding is that yes its one major inconvenience and its effecting the traffic, stress levels are sky rocketing, financial’s are falling and impacting the already slow December period figures and people are getting seriously frustrated… but instead of focusing on the negative aspects why not look at it from a slightly different angle.
I mean yes all of the above applies but there is not a single thing that you can do to remedy the issues that Eskom is currently experiencing and no matter who you are or how perfect you world has to be there is absolutely positively nothing that can be done.
So instead how about when laod shedding strikes again, start up a conversation with someone you may not have ever spoken with before, you never know they may have something really interesting to tell you about and teach you that you never knew before. In the age of technoligy “this” and web 2.0 “that” and blah blah boring IT jargon, how about we make use of the tools that are inherint and god given and connect with someone, anyone, it doesnt matter who or what you talk about, just talk and learn and discover.
Thanks and have a brillaint day!