Hey, my blog is still here! Thanks, GoDaddy! Your commercials may be grossly sexist, but your PHP update process is as smooth as it promised. So far.
The whole process took about 10 minutes on my side. I spent more time worrying about it than I did completing it, which made me remember something my BFF-if-she-knew-me, Martha Beck, wrote recently:
Virtually all suffering comes from the misuse of our imaginations.
I wish I had a dollar for every time in my life I approached a situation with fear, dread or resentment because I let images of the worst possible outcome run wild. I’m normally a fairly positive person and generally expect the best outcome, but there have been times when fear got the upper hand and took over. I misused my imagination to conjure up all sorts of negative scenarios, all fueled by fears of rejection, failure, and/or chaos, and all eventually leading to me being fat, alone, and living in a van down by the river.
Don’t get me wrong, imagining a negative result can be a positive thing. It helps to identify the causal fear behind it and develop a Plan B. Maybe even a Plan C. But somewhere around Plan H, it might be time to look up the symptoms of obsessiveness. (I have them memorized, if you ever need some quick info.)
Last night, I saved myself the energy-draining drama of an imagination run amok by redirecting my thinking into something useful. I imagined the worst-case scenario (the aforementioned kaboom!) and came up with a Plan B. I reviewed the backup/restore procedures, downloaded a quick backup, and pressed GO. No angst, suffering, or Plan C required!
A fertile imagination is a beautiful and wondrous thing to have, but it’s much more useful when used to envision our successes and triumphs than to be trapped in a cycle of worry and fear.
Right now, I’m imagining actually getting some exercise this week. This sinus crud has really knocked me for a loop. I’m hopeful for tomorrow. And thankful that my appetite and nutrition have been in check.