High Performing Business – Technology – Letting Go
Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT
Every technical challenge I’ve faced in the past 40+ years of me being a techno wonk has been resolved within short order the quicker I let go of even needing to resolve it. There is a host of alphabet soup after my name at the beginning of every post on my blog – but the one that may help solve most of my technical issues is the last one – being a registered yoga teacher. “Let’s do ten cat cows matching our inhale to cow and exhale to cat” is how I would start every call into tech support if I ran a call center.
The other day while packing up a kitchen to move out of a home I flipped, I had to run out for a quick errand. I left the food processor out on the counter with a tempting cord dangling off the edge and the six month old puppy barricaded in the kitchen while I was gone. Yes I came home to the end of the cord chewed to bits.
I had way too many other moving festivities to tend to so I let it go. The next day I realized a simple fix would be to just cut off the damaged cord and replace the end plug. After a quick trip to the hardware store where I picked up a replacement plug and put the three wires on the new plug, Voila – plugged it in, nada. So next I tuned into the growing font of DIY wisdom – YOU TUBE and learned how to put the right wires in the right places on the plug (duh). Fixed it right, plugged it in, still did not work. Tried a couple other outlets still did not work. Bummer. Did a few yoga stretches, let it go.
Next day – my laptop was running out of power so I went to plug it in. No power from the outlet. Hmmmm. Checked the circuit breakers, all good. Then I noticed the GFI plug by the garbage can – yup was tripped. My first attempt to fix the cord may have tripped the GFI circuit (and thank god for that). With power restored to the outlets, I tried my now correctly repaired food processor plug – eureka- it worked.
When I was caring for me mother in the later stages of her brain cancer, the book “Patience, A Little Book of Inner Strength” gave me much wisdom to handle the daily challenges and heart break. One line in there stays with me to this day – “any goal is possible when you have patience.” Letting go is now the main go to in my technical problem solving toolkit. The solution will appear in due time – it always does.