What happened to May? Well this website had an attack of glitches: little mini monsters that sneak up in cyberspace : causing incapacity and invisibility. The frustration is immediate; whilst panic slowly creeps in with dread like feelings in the pit of the tummy as the realisation that the website is no longer to be found. Luckily, with a trusty web manager, help and reassurance is nearby and with some serious spondoolies sent the website way, here we are, back in business, celebrating June at feelingoodatfiftyplus.com.
Unfortunate as glitches go; it is good to keep this in perspective: it’s not the end of the world (although it felt like it for a while!) and it’s all rectified now so no harm done: we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and carry on: upwards and onwards!
However, all experiences in life give us opportunities to reflect and grow: I have learned the value of patience, acceptance, and faith in the process – letting go of frustration and blame.
In this age of advancing technology, patience in the form of waiting is not the norm: thanks to the global network we can access what we want at the touch of a button: banking, shopping, researching, communicating all within a moment, a blink of the eye. Perhaps a casualty of this speedy life is the ability to stop and wait patiently. Not to harp back to the ‘Good old days’ (well I will….) but there was some mileage in having our needs met over time rather than instantaneously : we could think about a purchase e.g. a new coat, save up for it, plan a day’s shopping expedition, then physically shop for it and return happily with our new coat. I remember when I was a young student, really wanting a duffle coat (like Paddington’s) and the pleasure I had from going through said process was wonderful. I still have happy memories of wearing my beloved duffle coat that lasted for many years until it became too threadbare to look good. Somehow it’s not the same looking up images on ‘tinternet, choosing, paying and having it delivered without a journey out. Perhaps it’s just me being a bit of a Neo Luddite (ahem, get the currency!) but it’s all a bit one dimensional when we shop via a screen: I prefer the sensory experience myself; speaking of which, I’m off shopping for a couple of bits and pieces now!
We’ll have a look at our beloved countryside: investigate how to make ourselves happy and consider the merits of a low…very low…almost no sugar diet.
Lovely to have you back!