In Sunday’s message I said that we need to do the 1 or 2 things we do best at work and then delegate the rest to someone else. Today I learned that the one exception is when there is a fire…then it becomes your job.
We had some guests in the building earlier and they stopped by my office to ask me if it was normal for the mulch outside to be smoking. I’m not the smartest guy in the world but even I figured that was probably not a good thing. Sure enough right outside the main doors the mulch was smoking. I figured just a few stomps and we’d be good to go…uh no….it just made it worse in fact now it was on fire. I ran and got a bucket full of water, dumped it on it…and it got worse…flames were now visible. Another couple of buckets and it was out…but now I reek like smoke.
My theory is that after a funeral this morning, someone flicked a cigarette into the mulch and it burned down underneath…the bricks and block all around were incredibly hot so it had been burning for awhile. My disturbing the pile only provided more oxygen and it took full flame.
The lesson is this…it’s never a good idea to throw a lit cigarette into mulch. Even better…don’t smoke. Someone once asked me if smoking would send them to hell. I replied, “Probably not but you sure will smell like you’ve been there.” Speaking of smelling…think I’ll head home to shower and get the smell off of me…so much for a productive day.