In one of the devotion books I’ve been reading it said, “When things don’t go the way you want, accept the situation immediately.” While I’m sure there are exceptions to this rule, I have found that, for me at least, this is good advice.
We were a day away from our semi-permanent place here in southern CA, and I was watching a show on my tablet and it just stopped working. I tried restarting it about 10 times and nothing. I let it sit overnight and tried again. Nothing. As it was less than three years old I was hopeful that it was fixable but in the back of my mind this little song was playing that said, “It happened. Deal with it and move on.”
Brent worked hard to try to fix it but after another computer-less day, we finally went to Best Buy to get it looked over. I was a little anxious when I saw that the next available appointment was at 2:20 and we were there when it opened at 10. It only took the computer “Geek” (their word, not mine!) two minutes to tell us that it was, indeed, a lost cause.
Because I’m not tech savvy at all, losing my laptop is a big deal. I’m terrible at saving my old passwords and don’t back things up nearly enough. I’ve been working hard on a devotional book for the past six months and although I had mailed it to Brent recently, I still lost some key changes and that has me frustrated. I also had about 200 “important” things bookmarked and, apparently, those don’t get saved in a backup.
I miss my laptop and am frustrated about the things that are different now. What I should be thankful for is that we had enough money to replace it and that Brent has been so helpful in setting up this new computer.
I had three key words that I was focusing on in 2018 and they were fearless, grateful and intentional. While I still love my three words (they are touchy if they don’t get enough praise!) I think a fourth word that has come to the forefront is perspective. Some things are a big deal and need to be treated as such but in the scheme of things, my laptop dying is not one of them.
I’m hopeful though that some real growth is happening and sadly, none of us seem to grow much when everything hums along. Why is that, I wonder?
So, on the days (hours…lol) that things do go smoothly, I’m working on being grateful and realizing how ridiculously blessed I am.