Bad news, good news

My computer died.  Cause of death as yet unknown.

I’m one of those people who spends 8 hours a day, five days a week with her laptop in her lap.

I started to panic.

My business, my blog, the deadlines I had already missed . . .

Then I remembered what I did for a living and took a deep breath.

I think it helped that I had just started a chapter in the book “Awakening Joy: 10 steps that will put you on the road to real happiness”. I was beginning Step 4 “Finding Joy in Difficult Times”.

Now, I’m not suggesting that a non-functioning, non-backed-up computer is the end of the world, but years ago it would have sent me reeling and whining.

Instead, I decided to read “Step 4” in my book, go to bed and in true Scarlett O’Hara fashion, “think about that tomorrow”.

This morning, I got up early and went for a walk and was on the steamy streets of a sleepy Florida town by 6:36 a.m.

I walked to the ATM and took care of some banking, headed to my favorite Italian store (I knew it wasn’t opened but wanted to soak up some laid-back Italian atmosphere, the building itself is adorable.) and then found an open coffee shop.

I stopped for a cup of coffee and discovered the shop had cases of books for the taking.  I started a mystery; eavesdropped a bit on the other early risers sweating outside with me; enjoyed my new book and dark roasted coffee for 30 minutes or so, and then walked the almost mile back home.

So no matter what the fate of my computer (I’m on a friend’s at the moment), I will think of this as a good day: I was outside, exercised and had a bit of an adventure.

The rest will work itself out.

The important part is not the ending, it’s the process – I saved myself a lot of stress.

I like that.

Wishing you a day filled with computers that run, low-cost solutions and happy endings.

In the meantime, breath deeply: it is a great way to start.


  1. Hi Patrice,

    I’m Dao’s friend Boni and she just shared your blog with me. I love it. Especially this post which shows how to make lemonade out of lemons. Reading about your adventure made me realize that we should all have our own regardless of whether our computers or lives are working or not. I’m up for having my own adventure, enjoying life’s gifts instead of crossing things off my endless to do list.

    Thanks for the unique and refreshing perspective.


  2. Thanks, Gina. Mine was the power adapter, too! So happy, a relatively inexpensive solution.

    And, I have at least 4 thumb drives, which I will now use to back up, not just carry stuff around – thank you for the reminder; I need it. Big time.


  3. Dear Patrice,
    I almost had this happen to me, it was my power cord that went! I had not backed up my files on a thumb drive, and all my cub scout camp information was on it. Luckily, my father calmly took the computer to the computer store and found me a new power cord! I backed everything up ASAP. A thumb drive is a good thing, if you can keep track of it. It fits in your purse, and you can have everything you need in this tiny little stick! Take it to a recommended computer whiz, they might be able to find all your files! I think next time I have a moment of adversity, I will take your advice and say “it is what it is!” Thanks!


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