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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Computers, frustration, and Reiki

The behind-the-scenes work here at The Reiki Digest can take up a lot of space and time, and this week was no exception. This week, in the background, we've been spending time with some business software -- installing it, trying to use it, getting error messages, trying again, and again, and again, with even more error messages, going to the software company's web site in search of help, finding an update for the software, downloading it, installing it, rebooting, launching it, getting new error messages as well as a message telling us to call customer support, talking to a nice young lady in India, waiting on hold for the nice young lady, talking, waiting, talking, waiting, finally being told the only solution was to uninstall the software, hanging up, uninstalling, reinstalling, rebooting, reregistering, being advised to download another update, downloading, installing, rebooting, relaunching, re-re-registering, and, finally, getting it to work the way it was supposed to. By then my workday was over, but at least it ended on an up note.

With the Reiki precepts in mind, I made a point of not getting angry, and not worrying that all my data would be lost. Yes, it was frustrating, but there are levels of frustration, from a resigned shrug to clenched fists. I'm happy to report that Reiki helped me stay closer to the former than the latter. I decided to pause at every interval in that long series of steps for a brief Reiki moment of at least three deep breaths. And I'm happy to report that at the end of the day, my shoulders weren't in knots, I was relaxed and almost amused at the experience, though it did help that everything worked OK in the end. Otherwise, I'd still be on the phone with that nice lady in India, and we'd both need Reiki table sessions to help us recover.

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