It has been and is a testing time, and perhaps the hardest part is being unable to spend any time outside, apart from my night walk. I have been fortunate in that the workmen are as considerate as they can be of my need for quiet and privacy at certain times when I am with clients, and the call centre consultants have been courteous even if they have been unable to resolve the problems so far – none of them.
Reflecting on the situation has helped me see that some things, like my phone and television not working properly, are unimportant but being out of doors is very important: I have allowed the unnecessary to distract me from the essential, and I need to address this imbalance.
There may be a wider message too, in that I felt as if the world was breaking down around me as one appliance after another ceased functioning or caused problems, but in fact it was inconvenience and nothing more: I recognise that one day I may need to learn to live without them anyway, and so may you, for it is possible that, in time to come, solar activity or cyber warfare will prevent the internet and satellite communication from working, and power supplies may be limited because of weather and shortages. Perhaps this is a practice for me!
Now is a good time to reflect upon what is important, or essential, to you in case your world breaks down a little bit, as mine has done in a very small way. Is it your phone, your TV, your family or your work? Something else? Thinking about possible scenarios for the future puts our lives into perspective, and helps us to appreciate what is important. I need to phone Applecare again, but this time it can wait until I am ready, for it really does not matter.