Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.
-- Robin Hood

This is one of the lionesses of Zoo Miami. I've always known that lions live in prides, and during this visit, I learned that lions are the only cats to live in groups.
This is one of the lionesses of Zoo Miami. I’ve always known that lions live in prides, and during this visit, I learned that lions are the only cats to live in groups.

And then my four-month-old Dell crashed.

I can tell you, however, that I am no longer an amateur at backing up or recovering data. While I did lose several days to reinstall all of the software I had just installed four short months ago, I didn’t lose any data.

That’s a story in itself (we’ll make it a short one): Many years ago on a stormy Friday afternoon (that doesn’t sound like it’s going to be short, does it?), lightening struck the phone lines at our offices, and being that our Internet connection was dial-up, my computer’s guts were fried. I wasn’t worried because I had a full back-up at home. That Sunday, lightening struck my home phone lines, and my back-up was fried. Lesson learned: Lightning does strike twice. Fast forward several years, and I am now the proud owner of three back-ups — two local and one in the cloud.

After this latest challenge, I now also maintain (proudly, of course) a full image or clone at all times. Thanks, Dell. Lesson learned. Again.

Back to the topic at hand: After months of preparation, we estimated that we were maybe an hour away from launching this site when the aforementioned four-month-old Dell crashed. It’s not that we couldn’t have still launched using a back-up computer. All of the files for the site, after all, were online. It wasn’t that the announcement email was no longer at our fingertips. Nor was it a lack of knowledge to overcome this latest hurdle.

Strong-Backed Bactrian Camel
Guess what day it is? The day the camel’s back { almost } broke!

It was that the journey had simply been absolutely exhausting on so many levels to get to this point, and this felt like the straw which was going to break the camel’s back. We had to walk away for sanity’s sake.

. . . this felt like the straw which was going to break the camel’s back.

Sharpening the Saw Gives New Perspective

 
Two days without coding a single piece of the Internet { and perhaps a few adult libations later }, though forced, was refreshing. Apparently, the Universe knew that this break was a much-needed refresher for the soul and all-around attitude adjustment. I was reminded of a life-long philosophy which I had tabled in order to get this project completed: Everything is about balance. Work and play. Hot and cold. Fast and slow. Yin and yang. It’s all about finding the balance between that which we deem to be preferred and not so much.

In his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, famed author Stephen Covey calls it sharpening the saw:

Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have — you.

 
So that’s what I did. And on the third day, when I was done sharpening my saw, I arose again, refreshed and with the roar of a lioness in my throat. { It may have helped, just slightly, that my hair was askew — wildly pointing in all directions at once, much like a lion’s mane would. 😉 } I was going to conquer this beast, come hell or crashed hard drives!

Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.
― Robin Hood (the movie)

We’ll give Dell credit for shipping a replacement drive overnight. Then we give ourselves credit for not blasting Dell, as they reminded us, seemingly nonstop, that we were required to return the failed drive. We also get credit for remaining relatively sane while re-installing software and re-setting settings. And, last, but never least, we credit ourselves for overcoming obstacles and always moving forward.

All in all, it was a fabulous journey, and we’re glad to have made it.

Never, ever give up on anything that’s important to you. Remember: Rise and rise again … !

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