Opportunity Presents

Gerry and I got new iPads late last week. After limping along with our old ones that, for me, made reading certain blogs and news sites next to impossible, the updated technology was a joy. Lightening fast and with astounding clarity on images, I declared my new baby to be life changing. Life was good.

The next morning I bopped around the internet visiting sites I had been missing, reading articles without my device crashing multiple times, and generally basking in the wonder of updated technology.

Later that afternoon I was busy on my laptop keywording images in Lightroom and cleaning up my catalog when all of a sudden my computer slowed to a crawl. I rebooted, checked task manager, ran a defrag, searched the web for solutions, and tweaked a few settings. Still, my poor laptop limped along under duress.

Yesterday morning I managed to edit a few photos before the same thing happened again. I spent a couple of frustrating hours trying in vain to get to the root cause before I simply shut down and decided to think about it later.

This morning I’m using my iPad to post this because I’m afraid to attempt to boot up my laptop and unleash another day of frustration. I’ve decided that if the problem remains I’m simply going to take my machine in to the computer hospital for help and hope it doesn’t take long to fix it.

Yes, I have this sweet new iPad but as a writer and a photographer I need my laptop too. Maybe there’s another way of looking at it, though. Maybe, instead of lamenting what I don’t have, I can embrace change for a season while my laptop is out of commission. 

I can switch to shooting in jpg instead of RAW for a while so I can at least use my photos without having to use Lightroom to process them. It’s a change to my workflow, and my photos won’t have the same look, but it might be a fun challenge. I can even, since my Lightroom catalog is on an external drive, plug in to hubby’s computer and use it for post processing if I still want to shoot RAW.  I can use my journal and my iPad for writing. I’ve learned that I write differently when I’m putting pen to paper than I do at a keyboard so I may find fresh inspiration. Thankfully, I moved most of the documents I use regularly to the cloud so I can still access them. 

I’ve been pondering the concept of change resilience lately and here I am with an opportunity to put into practice something I often struggle with. Funny how things like that work. 


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. We can get so hung up on technology that we often forget the simple things. I think you are adapting to the challenge. Hope it’s temporary and the solution is swift.

  2. “I’ve been pondering the concept of change resilience lately and here I am with an opportunity to put into practice something I often struggle with. Funny how things like that work.” Ah, yes. Pondering is one thing. Doing is another. Experimentation leads to success. As my husby says, “You don’t lose until you quit trying.” Thanks for sharing this.


  3. I have to have a laptop too – in fact, I have two! Since I work from home, I have to have a laptop that can travel -so I have Big Laptop and lil laptop! I can tell you, too, as an editor that when people use the word processing on their iPads, it makes the format a nightmare!

    It sounds like you may have malware?

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