I love computers when they work like they're supposed to. And I hate them when they frustrate me by breaking down or freezing when I'm working on a critical project.
Although I know that most of them have a usable life of less than five years I still get frustrated when they fail when I'm trying to get an important project completed. And that's what's been happening for me all week.
Usually it's something simple that we can fix in our office but I've finally reached the point with the computer I have now where no amount of patching or repairing will make it work. Fortunately I have a backup at my home office that I can use when the other one fails.
The problem - as with most problems in my life - is when I'm in the middle of a project I don't like anything to slow me down. That breeds frustration and stress, which I sometimes don't work with very well - even though I've been sober for 30 years and my job is to help other deal with their issues.
When these kinds of situations arise I eventually realize that I need to apply the same rules to my own life that I suggest others use.
After all, life presents us with issues. But if we approach them with patience we can resolve them.
And I promise you that when they're resolved there'll be new ones waiting for us around the corner.
So I'm patiently waiting for the technician to call me and tell me he's done with his repairs, which sooner or later he will.