That guy looks pretty frazzled, doesn't he? Well, that was pretty much me yesterday. Y'see, my laptop computer bit the dust. I knew it was coming. It had been repeatedly shutting itself down and giving me the dreaded blue screen, so I'd had the foresight to order a new computer. The problem is I ordered a Mac computer. Now, I'm not saying anything negative about Macs! Mac users love their computers, and I'm sure eventually I will too, but yesterday I was too frustrated to love it.
I'd saved all of my documents to a zip drive, a CD, and also emailed them to two different accounts before my sweet purple computer went kaplooey. So I thought I'd be fine. I'd just pop the zip drive or the CD into my new computer, transfer them over, and get back to work. Um, things weren't quite that simple. I opened the computer at 8 in the morning. By 1:00 PM I had yet to get one document to open--I encountered the same error message with each attempt. And I was ready to pull out my hair.
Thankfully, a few friends with Macs came to my rescue. Some offered advice. Others had me send important documents to their email boxes where they managed to open them and return them to me in a format I could actually access. (PTL!) Another kind soul called me and talked me through the editing progam in my new word processing program. By the end of the day, I was feeling much more confident about my ability to actually use my Mac computer.
What would we do without knowledgeable people who are willing to share their knowledge with others? It would be easy for those in the know to hold their wisdom close, enjoying the opportunity to look down their noses in superiority. But I don't know anybody like that. Instead, I'm surrounded by tender hearts who reach out with a helping hand just when it's needed.
Leo Buscaglia said, "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." Perhaps the people who came to my rescue with my computer issues didn't turn my life around, but they sure turned my attitude around. And am I ever grateful.
Has somebody blessed you with a kind act recently? If so, take the time to say thanks...and then pay it forward. As Mr. Buscaglio says, a kind act might just turn somebody's life around. :o)
God bless you muchly as your journey with Him! ~Kim