Coming to you live from my laptop, this evening...
... after spending a somewhat frustrating day troubleshooting my primary desktop work computer, which has decided to start throwing me error messages and then go completely blank. Which is really not a very good deal in my world, since I make my "living" (hah!) largely from online activities... many of them on sites like eBay and Etsy.
So, I had to admit defeat.. and resign myself to working with inadequate resources for a few days while the "big" computer goes to the "nerd shop" for a diagnosis and hopefully a fix. Or else I will be getting a new computer for Christmas... which is really not something I want!
Life in Simpler Times...
Suddenly being without reminded me that I actually grew up in a time when there was no Internet; no cell phones... and life moved a lot more slowly.
To be honest, simply sitting down earlier and taking time to read the paper edition of National Geographic for an hour or so was a welcome change of pace. There are those who like to talk about "the Good Old Days" but I am not one of them, but I can say that I remember days that were simpler than our lives today.
Mostly, I remember a time when less of our time was required for the business of making it through the day: Our lists of monthly bills were shorter, and the number of hours we had to spend toiling to pay for those bills were fewer.
Covid and the Potential for Re-Set
I have read a lot of articles talking these times being part of a "Great Reset" and whereas it seems a little unclear to me what the exact nature of this reset might be, I have little doubt that all this time we're spending "outside our normal routines" can serve as an invitation to slow down and take a little time to re-examine what is really important to us.
One of the things I've noticed among people who are normally quite career driven is the sudden realization that the people in their lives — whom they'd previously been "too busy" to spend much time with — actually are really important... and far more important than all that effort being put into the next new Mercedes they are going to buy.
"Stuff" tends to offer pretty cold comfort, when we come closer to looking at our own mortality.
And I am reminding myself of that, as well... as I will be spending a few days with less computer access. I hope others will also take a moment or two to just breathe in and breathe out!
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