I never imagined that looking out the window could ever be the answer to a computer nightmare. I’ve just spent a 14 hour day in untimely technical hell when my laptop appeared to die along with a key funding application for the charity I work for with a deadline on Monday.
I instantly sent an SOS call out to local villagers in lockdown here in Cargreen in Cornwall seeking various cables to help me troubleshoot. Someone replied in minutes. A total stranger who obliged with a power lead, replete in a friendly Covid sanitised bag.
I spoke to 5 superior geeky peeps trying to talk me through saving my computer and extracting a back up from a hard disk that just wouldn’t seem to show up. And all the while the stress was rising. The pressure of all that previous effort lost.
I did umpteen Apple tutorials and even had a colleague drop off another laptop so I could start the funding bid again tonight from scratch. There goes my weekend thought I. A weekend I so wanted for rest.
I spent hours trying to redo it and felt like giving up in total tiredness and frustration. Until…I looked out the window as the sun went down…and saw a Grey Heron fly so languidly like a prehistoric creature without a care in the world. I felt a sudden stillness. A sudden perspective. Took a deep breath. And cried.
I don’t know why, but I then calmly returned to the dead computer still willing it alive with every fibre of my being. I looked at one last tutorial and, whatever I did, it actually worked! Defying all odds.
This thing that had taunted me and controlled my mood through the longest of days had somehow risen from beyond the technical grave like a miracle if ever there was one.
I have never in my life been so pleased to see a laptop come alive. And never in my life been so grateful for such superior technical help from a Grey Heron…
Debbie Geraghty is a passionate advocate for creativity and equality. An introduction to her activities is available here.