Finding time to deal with disaster is not a subject that we relish writing about – but it’s something we all need to be prepared for. And it’s something we have been learning about firsthand here at Finding Time, LLC!
As you’ll notice, if you click on the link for Finding Time, LLC, it goes nowhere. That is because last week our site ‘disappeared’ along with our mailing lists, auto-responders – much of the infrastructure of Finding Time! This all occurred with no explanation and no notice – and we have yet to hear anything from our hosting company. We don’t know what happened to them, as their site ‘disappeared,’ too.
Needless to say, this has been a very trying time, as we have worked to assess the damage, explore options, and formulate a plan for moving forward. As a reader of The Time Finder, you may have read some of our other posts about time management in the midst of sudden change.
There are a number of things that you can do for yourself when you are experiencing a sudden change. One fundamental step to take is to step back and give yourself time to let out your feelings about whatever has occurred. You’ll notice I didn’t say “explore” but “let out.” You will be able to take time to explore after your situation has stabilized. In the heat of the moment, however, it is important to just “take the top off” so that you can be as clear-headed as possible while you decide on a course of action.
Sudden change is very disorienting. In our situation, I felt shocked and disbelieving at first. Then, as the reality began to sink in, I felt very, very concerned and angry. We did not have access to anything related to our site, including our mailing lists! (If you are involved in any on-line work, this is a loss whose magnitude you can understand, I am sure!)
We are still formulating plans for how to address the damage and are now beginning to implement some of those plans. It’s a process … and certainly not one that we had anticipated. Through it all, we continue to take time to clear out feelings of anger, worry and overwhelm that would muddy the waters if left to fester.
We also return, often, to the attitude of gratitude. In the midst of turmoil and unexpected change, there are always things to be grateful for. It is vital to keep them in mind as touchstones. Reflecting on things we are grateful for (like the fact that we had a back-up of our site, and copies of our mailing lists) forms a nourishing base of sustenance and positive energy.
© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.