What a broken computer taught me about life

What a broken computer taught me about life

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By learning to growth through problems life just gets better.


As a freelancer, my beloved computer is the bread and butter of my livelihood so to speak.  It’s near impossible to do my job without one. Yet, due to a moment of lost concentration involving a long-stemmed glass on a wonky desk, I managed to tip water all over my Mac. Ouch! The trouble was, some of the water also made its way into where the power cable connects. Anyone knows water and electrics don’t go.

Thankfully I wasn’t hurt but I’ve been without it for the last few weeks as I wait for a replacement through insurance.

I did feel sorry for myself; the excess I had to pay came at just the wrong time of the month, and I’ve deadlines to make.  On top of this, I haven’t backed things up for at least a month. Still, all is not lost; it may not have been the ideal situation but it could be a lot worse.  This is what I’ve learnt from this experience:

1. We are guests on this planet and nothing is ever permanent, therefore, let’s make footprints that are considerate and kind to the world. We can’t take our possessions with us, and they do not define who we are.

2. Backup any work regularly and learn to be more adaptable in general. So things don’t go to plan, that’s life, so why not change and adapt instead?

3. Through not having my computer I’ve become more organised and now make the most use of my time. I’m at present borrowing a computer. So I don’t waste unnecessary time surfing the internet and get my head down to work.

4. Due to being more organised I now have time to see loved ones. It’s great as I’m also able to get some fresh air as I sometimes hand-write articles outside in my local park then arrange to meet friends after. Think of the things that you could fit in with better time management.

5. I now feel a deeper sense of gratitude as things can always be worse.  What was the lesson in the situation, I ask myself? Another question that we could also do with asking is, at this very moment how can I fully appreciate what I have in life with gratitude?

6. By staying more present, I’m less clumsy and more in tune with my needs. I rest when I need to and equally get off the couch when work is to be done.

So as you see, even a seemingly material disaster can have golden nuggets of life changing lessons.  It’s all about perception. As William Blake so famously said:

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

Life is always a chance to learn and expand. If only we would open eyes to the possibility of conscious growth.

When was the last time you had a material disaster and what did you learn from it? I would love to hear from you!

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Janey Bowyer
Janey Bowyer is trained Hatha and Kundalini yoga teacher, fiction author and self-help, yoga and holistic blogger! She runs the www.thewordsprite.com blog where she offers easy to follow holistic solutions to modern living. Her new book, The Busy Person's Guide to Everyday Enlightenment is based on her blog is available for now on Amazon and in Kindle. A free meditation guide is available from her website.

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