Apr 26 ♥ Frustration: the Difference between Reality and Expectation

I know. I’ve been AWOL. It’s been an interesting few weeks. My computer had decided to completely lock up and there wasn’t a thing I could do about it except take it to the Genius Bar. But the saga didn’t end happily there because I had to have the operating system completely reinstalled – which, of course, meant that everything that had existed on my hard drive unceremoniously went to virtual heaven.

Happily I knew that all my files were safely tucked away in the Cloud and all I would need to do was download them and begin computing life anew.

Alas, that was not to be so easy.

I live in rural America, where Internet speed is only something to dream about wistfully. I won’t bore you with all of the gory details. Suffice it to say that after days, and days, and days, and weeks of trying to download by drips and drabs I have some but not all of my files.

I know there is probably some Buddhist lesson in here but all I’ve experienced is frustration, anger, and more frustration, although my swearing vocabulary has increased exponentially.

So, Anthony Robbins’ quote seems appropriate for this situation although I’m only now beginning to see the frustration as a positive sign! I spent so much time just banging my head against the technological wall.

Until my husband mentioned that maybe I should ask for help from an expert.

Well, duh.

So, I’m headed back to my Apple Store, to get a little help, and so I can use their screaming-fast network to get my files from “out there”. Oh, and I now have a reliable local backup solution so I can minimize any future computer frustration should this happen again.

Lessons learned:

  • Persistence can be stubbornness in disguise
  • Asking for help is not a sign of weakness
  • It’s important to know when to try a different tack
  • Sometimes lessons have to be painful to get their due


Now It’s Your Turn

Where are you allowing your frustrations to run your life? What keeps you from changing your approach to finding a solution? What is one thing you can do change the status quo?


Apr 26 ♥ Frustration: the Difference between Reality and Expectation — 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for this topic. Hoping you also forgave yourself the frustrating days ;).

    • Once I got past the “what are you doing to yourself?” I did not start beating up on me. Thank heaven!