Lessons from a Computer Virus:

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I have heard stories of people who had horribly destructive computer viruses. However, I didn’t know any of them personally. I mean it wouldn’t and couldn’t happen to me correct? After all, I am self-employed…. I have no other employees, I hold no government secrets, I don’t have secret vault combinations. I’m safe, right? I truly believed that I did not have any information that anyone would want. I don’t visit any porn sites from my work computer so this shouldn’t even be a concern right? WRONG! I wouldn’t even classify what I received as a virus. I received the top of the line viruses, the King of all viruses. I received the type of virus that destroys every program, every document, every picture, and every video. With the opening of one email, I lost almost everything I had. In that instant (when I opened that email) I lost everything I had for my business. Which included: my wedding pictures, my forms, copies of my licenses and certifications, and the only copy of two blogs waiting to be published. To set your mind at ease I did have a good virus protection program. After realizing that everything on my computer was gone the immediate stress began to set in. Heck, I even forgot my own sister’s birthday (which is exactly 8 days after mine).   There was a moment when my office looked like a combination of a typhoon and a tornado hit my office and I was feeling substantial amounts of anxiety, stress, and angst.   And that is when I took a deep breath and I decided to apply my husband’s philosophy of life to this experience. My husband is famous for saying and believing that “everything in life is either a positive experience or a positive lesson”.   I made the decision that I was going to take it as a positive lesson, and here’s what I learned from the experience:

  1. Having backup is crucial: If I would have saved my documents, video’s, or pictures to another source I would have easily been able to retrieve them. But let’s look at this more globally. We all need back up and support in other areas of our life. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to allow people support you.
  2. Resistance is futile: In every area of my life this has been a recurring theme. The more I resist something the stronger it grows. With feelings, emotions, energy, etc I work to remain mindful that if I acknowledge the stimuli and then allow it to pass it works a whole lot smoother and quicker. However, when I resist the stimuli it grows and becomes larger and more powerful.
  3. Perception is always the key: Perception is always at the crux of my life. I can make the decision to choose to view this as a minor incident or I can choose to view this as a catastrophe. There’s no right or wrong, good or bad, in my perception. It just is what it is and what I make of it. Today I choose to view these things as opportunities to learn and grow.
  4. Remember to have fun: This lesson keeps coming up for me on a regular and daily basis. I’m slightly a type A, overachiever, and as such I tend to loose focus on the fact that having fun in everything I do is crucial. Not just from a vibrational or law of attraction perspective, but from an overall wellness focus. If we are having fun it lowers our resistance to completing something.
  5. Nothing is worth my serenity: Many years ago I was taught to weigh the issues or concerns that present myself against this formula: How important is it really? How important is it compared to my serenity? When I compare anything that presents itself in my life today, nothing is so important as to loose focus of my goals.
  6. Technology will not yield to my will: In fact most things in my life are free spirited, strong willed, and highly energetic. Which is very similar to who and what I am. I will never be able to outsmart technology, so I will work within my skill set and utilize the help I have in my life.
  7. Sometimes you just have to laugh: Laughing always raises my vibrational level, changes my focus, and allows me to let go of the stressors involved. I love laughing. I’ve been known to just laugh at the silliest things and not stop until the others around me are laughing as well.

 

As you can see from this list, these things are applicable to many areas of our lives. Apply them at will and I am sure it’s going to change things for you as it did for me.

Jenn Bovee, LCSW is a spiritual psychotherapist and life coach. She offers face-to-face services as well as distance services. Learn more about her here: www.JennBoveeLCSW.com