What I Learned

September 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm 5 comments

Having looked forward to retiring for some time, I was surprised that I completely melted down when my computer was zapped by lightening in July.  I wasted a week raging against fate;  whining and bleating about my loss. How am I supposed to finish the book, how was I supposed to pay my bills, what would I do to answer e-mail, blog, blah, blah, blah…

 Luckily I have a short attention span.  By week two I had come to grips with my computerless state and remembered that when I started writing it was with a pencil, I still owned a checkbook to pay bills and the phone works fine once you brush the dust off it.    It wasn’t until that computer was zapped that I saw how out of balance my life really was.  I needed a computerless summer to remember that I create my own happiness, and how to make that happen.


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  • 1. anhinga  |  September 17, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I know the feeling of being computerless. It can be terrifying. I pay bills, keep books, shop, stay in contact with people, write, etc., etc. I cannot be without a computer for long. It’s just the way I prefer to do all those things. I have surprised myself on vacations by hardly thinking about my keyboard. Yet what are we doing now? Searching for a bargain laptop with wifi to keep up on email while away from home. Just because we can? You are correct about life being out of balance, and I feel guilt at times not being able to pass the computer without checking email, but then, what is the harm? Maybe we don’t need to feel guilty. I’m sure you have gotten people thinking.

  • 2. Quilly  |  September 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Because of my daily commute, I have taken to writing with pencil and paper, too. It is often quite satisfactory.

  • 3. katcampbell  |  September 18, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Anhinga – I think it’s like anything you should use in moderation…chocolate, alcohol, etc. It’s easy to stop living and just exist vicariously and there’s where things go out of balance.

    Quilly – It’s not my favorite way to write, but perfectly functional.

  • 4. Jamaican Dawta  |  September 18, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Technology will do that to you. Suddenly you forgot how you used to do without cell phones, laptops, microwaves, etc. You’re right. We create our own happiness, not our circumstances or the things in our lives.

  • 5. Dave  |  September 22, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Ahhhh… computers. Nothing but a nuisance


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