[This piece was originally written and published on Facebook on January 21, 2017.]
555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 1.
Time Up: 9:54 a.m.
The first day of this project did not go as anticipated. The words of the day, initially, were aggravation and frustration.
These words were prevalent despite waking up earlier than usual — an intentional part of my desire for better discipline — and using that time for errands and picking some things up. They were prevalent despite my having passionate conversation and getting my head in a good place.
As soon as I attempted to load my Hotmail account and was met with a “ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT” error, the mood soured. Because when I don’t know how to fix something, I get frustrated. And aggravated the longer the problem is not repaired. Expert help did not resolve the issue. Websites that purport to have the solution did not help. I had to go to work, which I did, leaving the error unresolved.
My mood carried over into work. It seemed that all the cranky, moody and awful customers were on my line. They were everywhere surrounding me. It took great effort and many hours to repair my mood.
The word of the day became perspective. As soon as I pulled my mind out of the dark funk, it seemed that the only customers I dealt with were positive, smiling and laughing.
Perspective. Because maybe not having access to my Hotmail account right now is a good thing. When I’m honest with myself, I know that my Hotmail serves more as an archival unit of past messages with people who aren’t in my daily life. That, and newsletters that I never read.
Perhaps, then, this is an exercise in learning that I should look elsewhere for a more reliable personal email service.
Home from work, I find that I still have the connection issue with Hotmail. I also cleared out my passwords and history from Chrome earlier, so I’m locked out of Certified Practical. To retrieve the password, it has to be sent to… Hotmail. Day 1 of this project, at least, has to be Facebook based.
Perspective: Good. This teaches adaptability. Patience. And a reinforcement of the necessity of pushing forward with Life.