So Glad It’s Crystal Clear
For years, I’ve heard people complain about how much work a pool is, and they’re right – it is a lot of work. But there’s nothing like diving into the deep end on a hot Florida summer night and staring at the moon while you float on your back.
Algae has been an issue this summer – powdery clouds of yellow that tinge the water green when you brush the floor and walls. I’ve learned to spot developing algae long before it blooms, my keen eyes able to distinguish even the slightest deviation from blue.
The cure is chlorine. However, in order for it to work, the water has to be balanced chemically in other areas, like pH. It’s a process to make algae disappear. First you need to make sure the water composition is stable enough to hold the chlorine. Then you have to remove the algae with a brush, clean the filter, add more chemicals, brush again, and clean the filter one more time. Sometimes it takes several rounds of this process to be rid of it.
It’s taken three days to kill off this last batch of algae. Process, process, process. The water is still slightly cloudy, but at least it’s blue again. One thing I do know is that constantly checking on it and spending energy wondering when it will be crystal clear again does not help the process.
All I need to do is do what I know I need to do and let it go. Not fret over it. Not inspect every square inch for signs of a re-occurrence. Not wonder how long it will take to get back to blue. It’s simple really. Right?
I started wondering what else in my life I treat like the pool. Where am I fretting, inspecting, wondering? I’m happy to report it’s a short list, but it wasn’t always that way. I spent years trying to “help” the process. And you know what I discovered? The process doesn’t care about me . . . at all.
So now, when something is out of alignment, I take the steps necessary to return to peace and trust that as long as I’ve done what I can do, the process will take care of itself. I move on to the next thing and let what is be. Now if I could just figure out how to do that with the pool.