Writing through Problems

I never thought I would say, “I hate technology!” Formerly a techno-junkie, I loved learning new technology, buying new tech toys, and discovering new ways to use technology in everyday life.

Then came the new Smart Phone. I thought I wanted one. I thought I wanted to text, email, and google on my phone. Ha! Now, I have turned into an android: a robot trying to behave like a human. If only my signal strength would support my apps. What good is a Smart Phone with only one bar? Okay, so I can take a picture and look at my contact list; not good enough. Through all this, I saw another side of my character that I’ve not seen since my divorce twenty years ago: I can go from carefree to bitch in less than five seconds, the amount of time it takes to get the message: No Signal.

Today, I have misplaced my old, but still working, phone. Of course, the sound is off, so calling myself won’t help even if I could get a signal. I’m having withdrawal symptoms from signal loss. Silly me—I thought it was a sinus infection! I just need to get in my car, drive two miles, and then I can talk. Grrrr! Until I find my old phone or get to a Verizon store, whichever comes first, I am unreachable except by email.

Meanwhile, I’ll focus on the positive side of this situation. I’ll save the $25 co-pay at my doctor’s office; I’ve suffered through worse illnesses without drugs. I’ll probably get more writing done today than in the last three days. I’ll pour another cup of coffee, take the laptop to my comfy sofa, and snuggle in for a day of writing.

See how therapeutic writing is? My anger dissipated, I’m ready to tackle a day of writing; no signal needed. I’ll view this as a day of rest from everything except reading and writing, two favorite things. Maybe I’ll find the courage to turn off the wi-fi. Hot diggity! I may be on to something.

This week, I encourage you to write through a problem. Find one thorny issue and put it on paper or screen. Be honest; be brave. No one else has to see what you write.

Take the challenge to discover the therapeutic effects of writing—Write Now!

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About Susan Harvey

I'm a humor writer and a newly retired college English instructor. I enjoy reading and writing yet don't take time to do what I really love--writing. I began writing a mystery-romance novel three years ago. Now that I'm retired, I will make time to write with the goal of finishing my novel.
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