As many of you know, I recently had several problems with the site’s forum and blog. The forum was inaccessible for over 5 days. During those five days, I slept little as I tried my best to resolve the problem. I was fortunate to have help from some fellow forum members. Without the assistance, the forum would likely still be down. Yet even with the assistance, it was a frustrating time trying to figure out what was wrong. It was equally frustrating trying to devise a solution to the problem, as nothing seemed to work. There were a few moments when I was ready to sledgehammer the computer!
During the downtime however, I came across an old email from a blog reader who had passed along the Youtube video below (of Carl Joseph). I had almost forgotten about this story.
After watching the video again, I snapped right out of my sleep deprived frustration. Carl Joseph managed to excel with a single leg, yet here I was letting a tech problem bring me down. Talk about putting things into perspective. My forum was down. Big deal! Life goes on. There are bigger problems in the world.
Yes, the forum serves as a valuable resource to many readers, but having it down for a few days is hardly a life altering problem. Re-reading Carl Joseph’s story helped snap me back to reality. Yes, we all have unique problems, but most of our problems are not as serious as we think in real-time. It is often useful to take a step back and examine just how serious the problem may or may not be.
We ALL have problems, but we are almost always able to resolve these problems. No one said life was supposed to be easy. Getting frustrated comes with the territory. I’m not suggesting that there is anything wrong with getting upset over something, but I am suggesting that we don’t let frustration get the best of us. I’m human, so I know it can happen. Every now and then it is nice to read through an inspirational story such as that of Carl Joseph. To see someone in his position excel the way he did really cranks up my own motivation to get up, get busy, and stay busy (and put the sledgehammer down!).
PS – For those who are new to the blog, be sure to read through the inspirational category for many more motivational stories.