Light Bulb



The other day I had to replace the bathroom fan, so it implied going up to between the ceiling and the roof. Walking over the wooden frame; avoiding the ceiling made out of sheetrock; over the dusty insulation; in a three feet vertical room; trying not to get my head scratched with the nails pointing down from the roof (those that hold down the shingles)…not exactly my preferred situation!

Once over the bathroom I left the 110 volts lamp over the insulation and proceeded to work on removing the old (truly vintage) bathroom fan. While working on that, and sweating a lot because of the heat and my own nervousness of falling through the ceiling (sheetrock), the light bulb exploded and darkness became all around me.

After removing the light bulb to replace it with a new one I realized there was a missing piece of glass, and could see the problem was my sweating dripping over the heated light bulb. That got me thinking…

Can we destroy our own imagination and ideas (reflected in the hot, lighted light bulb) by becoming too anxious (sweating drops) about the problems we have to deal with (falling through the sheetrock) while trying to accomplish our dreams and goals (replacing the bathroom fan)?

(I know what you thinking: “Here we go…what I was thinking when I clicked in this guy’s blog?”)

Not that a new bathroom fan was my dream to one day accomplish, but rather another freaking problem that had to happen when I had many other things to deal with.

The thing is, how many times we destroy our possibilities because of our own anxiety about the process and the outcome, and even more, worrying about the problems we do and will encounter throughout the process?

How many things could we accomplish if we could learn to just leave aside the worries of the surrounding elements that complicate the process, and that are part of any process?

Or simply learn to switch from the concept of “problems” into a more comfortable thought, which can be also easily manageable.

I must admit that thinking about this while hanging from the ceiling wasn’t exactly the best idea but hey, some people use music to distract the brain while working.

Now I can write about it, comfortably seating in front of the computer, while the new bathroom fan smoothly takes the vapors of the shower away, to the infinite sky (or the backyard).

Have you had sometimes the feeling of being your own “enemy” while trying to accomplish something? Like…being the biggest problem when working in solving the problem?

What is your take on the reasons why people struggle so much to accomplish their dreams?

Do you like light bulbs? (Just kidding)  :)


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10 Responses to Light Bulb

  1. Kelvin Kao says:

    You have some interesting thoughts, my friend!

    Oh yes, I think many of us would subconsciously sabotage ourselves because we are not ready for what the idea might bring. And then it becomes self-fulfilling prophesy. Calmness usually equals better judgment.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Kelvin,

    Self-sabotage seems to be a very common issue when we talk to different people and hear their reasons why things don’t go well in their lives :(

    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Light Bulb

  2. Sara says:


    I loved how you used the example of changing the fan and the exploding light bulb to get us thinking about how we sabotage ourselves and our dreams.

    I think we have to do exactly what you did, keep working our way, slowly but surely, to whatever our dream might be. There will be interruptions and doubts, but, for me, dreams can be accomplished by putting one foot in front of the other and by keeping your eyes open.

    There’s a quote by Thomas Edison that goes, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” I’ve always liked this one:~)

    Great thinking post. I’m glad the fan got repaired safely!
    Sara´s last post ..A Poem- My Hands

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Sara,

    You’re right, slowly but surely we can get where we want to go, and time wikk show the results. And it’s a pleasure to turn ON the fan now! :)

    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Light Bulb

  3. Carol says:

    Oh yes!
    I have the dream of being skinny, or, at least thin(ner).
    No one else stuffs my face. Only me, sabotaging my dream, year after year.
    You say it so well.

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Carol,

    Becoming thinner seems to be one of the major problems in the US. A whole new way of life (and feeding) must be learnt and applied. Though situation for millions! :(

    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Light Bulb

  4. Raul,

    You had a light blub moment while changing a light bulb! Pun is intended.

    You are so right, if we just let things go its natural process without worrying about it. Sometimes, planning too much for backup plans ruins things.

    Zengirl @ Heart and Mind´s last post ..6 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Happiness

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Preeti,

    Maybe it takes a light bulb to have a light bulb :)

    I like to have back up plans, but sometimes I get entangled in them. Learning to loosen up a little bit seems to be a long process.

    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Light Bulb

  5. Sara says:


    I gave you The Versatile Blogger award at my site. I always have mixed feelings about these awards since they come with strings attached.

    I randomly draw a name for the one person I pass an award to, especially in this case. I have too many readers who fit the category of being versatile. Still, I was very pleased when I drew your name:~)

    I want you to know I always enjoy visiting here. You’ve fried a few of my braincells in the past with some of your posts, but there’s always something I take away from what you’ve written. I think of it as a gift. So, thank you:~)

    p.s. If you want to accept the award, stop by my site and just save the picture or I can send it to you.
    Sara´s last post ..Story Photo- The Award

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for the award. As I mentioned in your blog, even if it’s randomly drawn, still my name has to be in the bag for consideration :)

    Sorry for the fried brain cells! I was just trying to be a thinker, not a cook, but I’m glad you can take away something from the posts (that’s the idea after all) :)

    Raul Ojeda´s last post ..Light Bulb

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