Saturday, July 15, 2006

I feel your pain, Charles

When Pope John Paul II died last year, his funeral was scheduled on the day that Prince Charles and his intended, Camilla, planned to be married. Charles’ woeful comment, when he learned this, was, “Why me?” That’s not a phrase that takes up space in my thinking, but yesterday I voiced a variation of it: “of course this would happen to me!”

A week before I made the decision to switch to a different storefront software for my web site from the one I was then using. I set the wheels in motion, and after a few days discovered that something was missing from what I thought I was purchasing. Turned out to be a communication snafu. I sought to correct the matter. Encountered a problem. A day later, all was resolved, and I was on my way. But then I encountered technical problems. Called to report the matter. Told it was taken care of. It happened again. And again. And again. The last time I called (yesterday afternoon) I learned that although the problem isn’t new to the system, the fact that it is continuing to repeat with a customer has not been encountered before. Lucky me. Fortunately, I have been given a “back door” way to get into the site so that I can continue working while the tech team tries to resolve this problem once and for all.

After months of delays, dissatisfaction, the constant challenge to my non-technical way of thinking, and yes, the tears, I was wondering if it wasn’t all a sign to abandon ship. I don’t consider that an option. Sometimes things don’t happen because they’re supposed to, but because they simply happen. Like the saying says…

And so I persevere—a step at a time, a day at a time, a skill at a time. At some point all of this accumulated movement will mean crossing the finish line, or at least the first of who-knows-how-many. One thing I’ve discovered—it’s hard to train when you don’t know what the ultimate distance will be. But then, that’s life.

6 comments:

Gail said...

As far as Charles goes, I say "serves him right" -- the cad. Meanwhile, you deserve much better than he ever did, and I hope the website is up and running soon. Thinking of you!
Gail

Kip said...

It does seem like you've run into way more than your share of problems, especially considering you're paying for a service. I'm afraid I would have abandoned that carrier a long time ago. Here's hoping things are up and running smoothly very soon for you dear girl as I know you've put sweat and tears into this whole thing.

xxoo

samtzmom said...

Yes indeed... one day at a time. You will persevere and it will be all that and then some! Hugs!

Jules said...

Full steam ahead dear Anne! I am so sorry you are having all these difficulties but so proud that you will not let these deter you from your dream. Love you.

tiggerrules said...

There is no doubt in my mind that if anyone can do it you can, and when it is done we will all celebrate along with you! Hang in there.
Maria

Pam in Moncton said...

Oh gosh Anne, I just can't imagine going through all that. I hope it all gets fixed to your satisfaction and then some. Hang in there! Also I was interested to read about your consideration for an intentional interim position as I am very familiar with that, our church having had one for about 1 1/2 years in between ministers. Difficult job and having one really helped us out a lot. I think you would be good at that if one come up again. Meanwhile I'm glad you are finding the part-time position to your liking.

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