How to Lose Your Work and Keep Your Cool

Woman on Computer

Yesterday something strange and awesome happened.

As I put the final touches on my blog post, I had an idea for a quote I wanted to add at the end.

Typically, I have multiple browser tabs open. So when I search,  I just click on an open tab and type my query in the Google Search tool in my toolbar.

n-e-v-e-r <space> q-u-i-t <space> q-u-o-t-e-s <Enter>

Without warning, my post disappeared and was replaced by a white screen as
Google worked to locate the best results.

“NO, STOP!” I said out loud, as I realized what I’d just done. Somehow, in my haste,  I forgot to select a new tab and the search was about to appear in place of my post.

I quickly clicked the “X” in the URL line to stop loading the search results.


But it was too late.

As I stared at the white screen, I thought, “Thank God, I’m using Blogger, it always auto saves. I’ll just hit the BACK button and pick up where I left off. ”


Sure enough my Blogger window reopened.

But in place of my nearly finished post, were four words.

“Ever try to do”

They were the  first four words of my post.

It was almost comical, as if begging me to answer.

This is the strange, awesome and remarkable part.

As I stared at the four tiny words, something happened.

I sighed deeply, tried a couple of times to recover the post, then realized it was gone and started re-typing.

Here’s what didn’t happen.

I didn’t scream.

I didn’t stomp.

I didn’t pound the keyboard.

I didn’t launch into a litany of curse words.

And I didn’t obsess for 45 minutes over what I’d just done and how stupid it was.

Instead, I accepted what happened, opened a new window in my browser and started to re-type.

Yea, it took another hour to get the post recreated but I got it done. I think I even liked it better the second time.

The best part

I didn’t let it ruin my day or suck up a lot of emotional energy.

Living a balanced life is often measured more by what we don’t do,  than what we do. Click to tweet this.

There was a time in my life when I would have reacted differently. I was the screaming, stomping, pounding, cursing guy sitting in th cubicle next to you.

But I’m not anymore.

I’ve learned that’s a waste of time and emotional energy.

This might sound like a twelve-step program, but I’ve learned to accept the things I can’t change.

If you want to live a more balanced life, give the gift of acceptance today. Accept yourself. Accept your mistakes. Accept others.

If something doesn’t go the way you planned, just open up a new window and start to retype it the way you want it.

Your life is what you make it.

And don’t forget to help someone else succeed in some big or small way–Today!

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