Week 11 – Crisis Dealt with Calmly and with Tact
A week of the Crisis. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have several years of work flushed only to find out by accident it was gone? Hours and hours of effort, creativity and frustration with technology, just so violated and corrupted that the value was gone!
This was one of those weeks. I have created and continue to manage 10+ websites (including this one) as part of my online brand and commercial activities. I went to my Dad’s website where he sells his woodwork and that he and I have been building since 2009. He has hundreds of images, content and links to and from his youtube channel with nearly a million views to date. There was a large ugly banner indicating that the site and my hosting account had been suspended! WHAT!!!
I quickly looked to see if all of my websites were down and you guessed it, yes, ALL of them had the same ugly banner and were representing that I was some kind of scourge or pariah to be avoided by my clients and customers at all costs! So, I contacted my hosting company in a live chat session and asked them what had happened and why I had been suspended. They said all my sites were riddled with virus, malware and all sorts of little critter that was affecting their servers and other of their clients.
In the end, they gave me a list of files that needed to be replaced with uninfected versions or they said they could not allow me to operate on their site. When I got the listing, there were 3973 files needing to have the code scanned, determine the issues and correct them. OMG, there was no way I could get that done in any meaningful time span.
I started to notice that I was much calmer, than I expected to be… Like Davene and Mark speak of, there was but a moment’s hesitation between upset and just “Do It Now” to use all my knowledge to resolve the factual issue. I thought a short sit might help so off I went to my favorite chair with my DMP recording playing in my ears.
It did not come to me at first but, the next day, after a lot of breathing and thinking (focusing on alternatives), I reached back out to the Live support team again. I got Damon on the line and asked him if I deleted ALL my site’s files, would they allow me to rebuild them one by one? He asked if I could wait a moment. A few minutes later he returned and pasted a list of 12 files into the chat window. He said, I did a rescan of your account and found these files; if you delete or clean up just these files we can reactivate your account. WoooHoooo!! So off I went to Do It Now! Damon held the line and rescanned after I had completed my part. He was away for a while then came back and said, I have reactivated your account and you should be able to return to regular business!
A huge rush of relief and then a humble look skyward and “Thank You” to the unseen hand that provided a path to solving the issue. Gratitude like one rarely feels and worthy of memorializing in this post.
In examining these events, even my wife agreed that she expected a tirade of swearing like the sailor that I once was but, notice there was little of that old man. I also notice that the Blueprint Builder #5 came into play; “I succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. I induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others.” This combined with Giving and Receiving #4 “I promise to give, without expectation of reciprocity, from the channels I enrich, because I know I am in the dynamic flow of Giving and Receiving.”
When I was a young man, I experience a time in my life when I could simply ask and it was given. I seemed to have a natural talent for the little things. Just closing my eyes and asking would materialize (or so it seemed) something I had lost or misplaced, answers to questions and resolve to accomplish what needed to be done. I am so grateful that Mark and Davene have crafted these lessons, exercises and the Master Mind such that I can rediscover that lost world in which I was so confident.
I did sense, throughout this experience, I forever need to be the “guardian at the door” in particular relevant to the mental diet. I feel this is where my power lies and I am confident and committed to regaining my full and inalienable right to this discipline and it adjoining inner power.