This morning, I turned my computer for the first time in two days While waiting for my computer to boot up, I made a list of what I would like to accomplish today. 95% of it being computer related.
As I began attempting to open my applications, I noticed that it seemed to be operating very slowly. At first I didn’t think anything about it because sometimes I try to open too many applications too quickly. My applications were hanging. Initially I thought if I performed a reboot, it might solve the problem. I did a reboot three times and nothing changed. Still hanging.
I knew I would need to make an appointment to visit the Genius Bar. Menlo Park and Short Hills are the closest locations to me but neither had an open appointment until Wednesday. I do another search and find another Apple store in Bridgewater. They had one appointment available for 12:15. As I placed my computer on my hand truck and begin moving towards the mall, I am thinking about how I hope that whatever was happening this morning was a fluke.
I open the door very carefully to be able to maneuver my box and my body through the door without it closing on me. As I make my way through the first door, I lift my head and I see a man approaching to open the next set of doors for me. At first i thought he was on his way out of the mall but after I say thank you and moved in past him, I see him over my shoulder. He was using the mall to exercise, walking. I quickly realize that he stopped his walk to open the door for me. It made me smile to know that that people still do nice things for others just because.
I check in at the apple store wait for a few minutes and then I am approached by a Genius technician. Once I explain what happened to the tech, he decides to run a basic diagnostic test. Everything checked out okay. The next step was to check my hard drive. Very quickly we found out that the hard drive was failing.
I would need to replace the hard drive immediately because if I didn’t, it could die at any moment. Funny thing is just two weeks ago I started doing something that I should have been doing all along - backing up my data.
I wasn’t concerned about the cost of the replacement as much as I was about the time it would take to replace it. The technician looked up my account to see if the computer was still covered under the warranty. My warranty was up two months ago. Then he said let me see if I can do something for you. It is only two months and you have never used your warranty. He went away and came back very quickly. So quickly that I thought it could not be done. He looked at me and said good news, we will cover the costs of the repair. Fantastic!
He then looked at the repair schedule and said that it would take anywhere between 24-48 hours. Before I left, I asked how I would be notified once my computer was ready. He said that I would receive and email and a phone call. I took my empty Apple computer box and left.
While walking to my car I start to think about how I can keep moving forward with the project I am currently working on. I can do some work on my laptop but only to a point because its old and slow but I will make it work. I get home and start working. Two hours later, I got an email from Apple informing me that my computer was ready. I read it twice to be sure that I read the email properly. I was so excited. I get in my car, go in to the store, pick up my computer and make my way back home. I was so happy that if I lived in walking distance to the store, I probably would have skipped all the way home.
I normally live my life waiting for the next shoe to drop. I am pessimistic by nature but I have been trying to change that behavior. I can control my thoughts. When something goes wrong or not according to plan, I always think the worst but this day I didn’t. I did not have a single negative thought about what was happening. Instead I thought, I would just deal with what is to come.
I am not a believer in the idea of just having good thoughts will bring good things yours way. I did however finally fully comprehended the meaning of this scripture Mathew 6:27 - "can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Worrying does not add time to your life, in fact it robs you of time because one of the things it does is take your out of the moment.
What I learned today, I hope will stay with me for life and I hope that this helps you as well. Don’t worry, be happy!
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