In Mashable’s blog post (WordPress 2.9 Now Available for Download) they mentioned the new WordPress was now available. I went to my blog and chose automatic download, something I’d done a few times before. The message said upgrade was successful so I felt pretty good.
A few hours later I tried to log on to my blog and got a strange error message. I contacted the firm which hosts my blog, and I sent an SOS message to Cathy Tibbles from Desperately Seeking WordPress to fix my blog. I felt helpless and stressed because I didn’t know what was wrong and I didn’t know how to fix the problem. I knew that I had not done anything wrong.
It took a while for Cathy to diagnose the problem, and for my blog to be working again – over two days. I lost all my comments and had to recreate all my categories. But, I am grateful because my blog is working properly again. While my blog was down, I typed in the URL for my blog and got the message This Account Has Been Suspending, not the kind of message one expects to see. Since I could fix the problem with my blog, I simple let it go and I felt the tightness in my chest go away.
It was a difficult process, but I am very proud of the way I responded. There were times when I was frustrated, but most of the time I was very calm. During the process, because my blog is working properly again. I was reminded of the Mark Twain quote, “Worrying about something is like paying interest on a debt you don’t even know if you owe,” and the Serenity Prayer.
The Serenity Prayer
By Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
The Serenity Prayer has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and some of the other twelve-step programs. The words of the prayer and the Mark Twain quote are very true. What are your thoughts? What are five things that you are stressed out about that you have no control over?
Too much stress prevents you from showing up as your authentic self, can you afford that? I would be eternally grateful if you would comment on blog posts that you have enjoyed so that I do not feel as if I am whistling in the dark. Let’s keep the conversation flowing.
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