What To Do When You’ve Misplaced Your Life
As Rodney Dangerfield used to say at the beginning of his routines…”I’m ok now but last week I was a mess.” I can relate.
It’s been longer than a week since I had a sinking feeling I had lost my external hard drive. More like two months. Two months of wondering what I would do without it. It has half my life in it. I keep all my photographs in it because they take up so much space on the laptop it slows it down. I’ve had this little piece of plastic for about eight years and we are very close.
My manuscript for The Duffy Chronicles is on it. I realized that when I was in the process of putting it on Kindle and got that sinking feeling that leads to panic. WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO DO NOW??? Was echoing in my head for days.
I tried everything to find it. I prayed to St. Anthony (Saint of lost things)… didn’t work. Someone I had mentioned it to suggested putting a drinking glass upside down where I thought it had last been, then get very still and meditate. It was supposed to show up after that…it didn’t.
I never put it on Facebook as an OMG! MY LIFE IS LOST! Because I was afraid that would seal the deal. Only a few people knew I was even ‘searching’ for it.
I’m not a superstitious person, so this was odd behavior for me. The St. Anthony prayer I’ve done before, and it sometimes works, but this felt different. In my gut I knew it would show up eventually, and if I uttered out loud it was lost it would be.
As we often do in January, I’ve been cleaning out closets and organizing things. I do believe clutter creates a cluttered mind but I usually don’t act on it until I’m ready to scream but afraid no one will hear me over the piles of papers and ‘stuff’ lying around me.
This year I was a bit more thorough and methodical about de-cluttering because somehow I just knew I would find my 2nd brain. It would shine like a beacon and say, “I’ve been waiting for you! I’m so glad you found me!”
Yesterday I was cleaning out drawers and shining a flashlight behind the china closet when Dave said, “What are you doing?” He knew what I was doing, but he was trying to be low key about it. I told him as much and kept searching.
He went down to the basement and when he came back asked me if I knew where the small blue carry-on bag was because it wasn’t in its usual place. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d used it until he reminded me.
I had taken it to my friend Sue’s house when we were discussing the flowers for her daughter’s wedding. She invited me to stay overnight so we could visit the venue the next day and I’d taken the blue bag. Somehow he thought my little plastic mini-me might be in that bag. All my floral design photos are in it.
He went back down to look again and when he walked into the kitchen and handed my life annex back to me I almost fainted. Joy! Relief! Love! All at once flooded over me.
As a friend commented when I put the recovery story on Facebook, “He’s the other half of your brain.” To which I replied, “Sometimes more than half!”
Here are a few of the things that would have been lost if this didn’t have such a happy ending…
I have Carbonite backing up my computer and they came through for me once before, I highly recommend them! (this is not a paid endorsement) Now I’m going to add the external drive. Can’t risk actually losing it someday!
Do you back up your computer? What works for you?
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