I have an awesome computer. It plays music, makes CD’s, plays the radio, plays movies, lets me type, organizes stuff into charts, tells me what is going on in the world, connects me with my friends, invites me to parties, does my taxes, stores all 8,534 digital pictures. It does so much more than I could ever understand. But one thing my computer excels at is teaching me patience!
You see, to turn my computer on is a major undertaking. Not just because it takes a full 12 minutes to become ready and waiting to fulfill my every command, but because the monitor has a mind of its own. A mind very resistant to becoming active! I literally have to coax the monitor to light up. I have to squeeze the frame of the monitor, and squeeze the back of the monitor, and press on the screen so hard that I am sure the “Secret Monitor Police” are going to burst through my door and arrest me for Monitor Harassment. I have to use both hands, squeeze at the top, bottom, sides, diagonal edges with rhythm and consistency and patience. I squeeze until my arms are actually tired and I am hot! Once the flicker of life comes to the squeeze, I wait expectantly for the picture to follow. Usually it does, for about 45 seconds, then flashes off. Back to squeezing I go. I am the only one in my family with this talent of coercing the monitor to work. I don’t even know how I figured out this technique. I feel confident that IF I read the monitor manual, there would be no information suggesting squeezing the monitor repeatedly and firmly for at least 5 minutes. Probably you would get this sort of helpful advice:
Troubleshooting: Is the device plugged in securely?
Is the power turned on?
Log into http://www.blahblahblah.com/ for live help (where they will ask you to make sure your device is plugged in, then ask you to unplug it, wait 10 seconds and plug it back in).
I seriously doubt that squeezing the device shows up in any tech manual for any product ever – except those toys that make noise and have a button clearly labeled “Squeeze Here.” Boy, if only my monitor had that label!
It is such a victory when the monitor comes on and stays on! We cheer and I wipe the sweat off my forehead!
Now you can see the great spiritual wisdom of my computer – teaching me Galatians 5! Just don’t get me started on my printer,…..or ipod!
What teaches you patience???