Monday, February 22, 2010

Hacked! And Inspired!

Someone sent 2,096 of my friends and colleagues an email Friday trying to sell electronics devices. If the message made it past your spam filter, sorry for the intrusion.

I discovered this state of affairs tonight--didn't pay much attention to my email over the weekend.

But I stayed unusually cool...all on account of an inspiring manuscript I'm reading. A young writer to whom I provided only the slightest bit of help sent me her completed novel asking if I'd consider writing a blurb for her brand-new agent to send out with the manuscript.

First, it was exciting to see what she'd done. Then I spent most of the day reading it: and the book so inspired me. The story, a whimsical delightful romantic fable, put me in the mood to relish the minor difficulties of life as part of the big game.

I'm not always inclined to take that attitude. The last time I played a driveway game of pickup basketball, some decades ago, I got irritated because people kept waving their hands in my face.

Today's delightful reading reminded me that the waving hands and other obstructions are part of what makes the game.

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Ally said...

That's a great way to look at it!!


Peggy Payne said...

About half the time it's a goal rather than a practice. Thanks, Ally.

Debra W said...

Peggy, it is sometimes difficult to take the nuisances in life in stride, but once we figure out that they are only kind of like hands waving around in our faces, it's a bit easier to see past them. So glad that you had the chance to do that!


Peggy Payne said...

There seem to be an alarming number of opportunities to practice this philosophy -- for all of us.

Debra W said...

Yes, Peggy, there does. I could do with a few less of those opportunities, to tell you the truth, but what can you do? Just keep fighting the good fight, I suppose.

aiki said...

once scamers stole my under-secure email account locked me out for a week till i lucked back into control & used a very secure password ( w/ lotsa support from my service & the feds. The scamers sent all my contacts a lie that i was stranded abroad & pls send $--some who didn't kno me &/or that i was home as usual were distressed & 1 kindly started to gather collective $ from other friends of mine.
Pissed me off to distress innocents , & glad it went no further.
I decided not to use social networking sites as the feds said they're prime trolling grounds for scammers. dropped my anger in a couple weeks & am much more careful since. Aiki

Peggy Payne said...

I'd have been enraged if I'd been locked out of my account, Aiki.