This week we have seen the perfect storm in our three-person office. Two new computers with Windows 8 (I liken that to learning an ancient foreign language if you have not yet experienced it), an ill-fated email server conversion, an "upgrade" by our internet service provider -- and much to do that is dependent on technology. I won't mention the common printer jams and such (oh, I guess I just did).
"Your settings are not holding."
"We are experiencing password failures."
"Access denied. You do not have administrative privileges."
"Your connection has timed out."
I came to wonder if the confounding pre-programmed messages from our technology providers were nothing more than metaphors for life. And then I got the one-day flu.
That's not a joke. This week I managed to squeeze into 24 hours, chills, fever, severe body aches and even a cough. It came and then it vanished. I know that's odd, but it's what happened. The message was confirmed -- my connection had timed out.
I often advocate self care. It's usually a reminder to myself as much as it is a message for you, spirited women. Lately, I have been tipping the scales in the wrong direction, and I got a warning sign. Fortunately my psyche as well as my immune system were aligned and I received just that -- a warning.
The minor annoyances of life and work can conspire to produce real stress. Yet when we lose touch with the reality of what they really are (annoyances), and connect with them in a way that allows them to expand into something they're not (real problems), life has a way of re-setting the controls.
Today I learned of a friend who lost her beloved mother. She wrote that when life became a whirlwind for her, her mom encouraged her to "stop and smell the roses." That was good advice.
If your connection with things beyond your control has "timed-out," take a breath and consider what's worth your precious energy. Connect with someone you love, with nature, with art, music or any passion you hold. It will give you the stamina to deal with those computer messages, and it just might prevent the flu.