Confucius once said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” How true.
Jane, one of my loyal readers who followed me to Georgia from Mackinac Island, got a big kick out of my blog yesterday. She rightfully reminded me that only a few days ago I had gone on and on about how much more patient I am now that I am older and retired. I needed to hear that, especially after spending another six hours this morning trying to get my old laptop up and running – in addition to the five hours spent the night before.
Ted had given up on listening to me and escaped to go check out a truck he was thinking of buying. I couldn’t blame him. I had pretty much ruined our evening the night before, ranting and raving about what was essentially a black box with some cords attached. Was I going to starve to death without that box? Die of thirst? Suffocate from lack of oxygen? No to all of those questions. But after hours and hours of frustration, you would have thought being able to turn on that computer and have it work was going to be like finding gold at the end of the rainbow.
Sometime toward the end of the morning, just as I was about to walk out the door and head for the lake – carrying that old laptop to its final resting place – I noticed that the time stamp in the bottom right-hand corner of the desktop was about two hours off. When I clicked there, the date popped up as February, 2003. Hmmmm . . . . I opened the control panel and clicked on date and time. I changed everything to its correct setting, shut down, then rebooted. And guess what. I had my old, perfectly good computer back, with everything working as it should.
So simple – we had been trying all the complicated “fixes”, and all the computer needed to know was what time and what day it was. My eyes are still gleefully adjusting back to reading off the big laptop screen rather than the tinny, tiny notebook one. Wow, what a difference!
I will catch you up on my session with the therapy dogs on Monday, and let you in on all the weekend happenings – good Lord willing. For now, I’m heading outside to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the beautiful outdoors, where it is a sunny 75 degrees. I’ve got weeds to pull, two dogs to take for walks, and a swing that needs someone to sit in it. Simple things. God bless.