Sometimes it seems that theory and the NEC are the easy parts.
Thick skin and as they say in the fight game"A good beard" help.
I suspect that sparkys constantly working in areas of no AHJ or inspections,and must constantly justify their methods and installations to uninformed,combative,haggling customers,are subject to more stress than the average sparky.
Focusing on the end result of a good safe ,code compliant installation that will outlive me helps more than anything.
I've found that graying hair and throwing a few big words around(obvious signs of wisdom) are priceless.
[This message has been edited by ga.sparky56 (edited 05-12-2003).]
Re: Grace under Fire#25545 05/12/0311:59 PM05/12/0311:59 PM
Choices....choose.....the decisions we make... I was reading this thread, and my mind wandered to this blasted job that I have going, and then it wandered to another cotton pickin' job that I have. Then, I said to myself, "Self, you don't have any buisness thinking about this junk." So, for about the next hour, I won't think about the job, and then I may have to work the process again. I don't always worry about jobs, but when I do, I can usually work my way through it. When I say I worry about jobs, it is usually about the people, as you say, flapping their traps. As for the geese in your life, bust a cap on 'em. I like ducks better. Remember, spark, life is good.
Quack, quack, Doc
The Watt Doctor Altura Cogen Channelview, TX
Re: Grace under Fire#25549 05/14/0307:44 PM05/14/0307:44 PM
I read that Teddy Roosevelt,when faced with Presidential problems and stress,would walk out onto the balcony at night and look up at the stars for long periods of time. When he returned, he would state"There! I feel small again."
Personally,tho sometimes bothered by depression, if it's unwinding I'm after, I climb into my 4wd Toyota,and drive as far as some of these old mountain trails will take me. Job pressures disappear as I coax it over rocks,thru mud,and sometimes up the creek as far as I can go.