Have you heard the phrase “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing?” It expresses the notion that a small amount of knowledge can mislead people into thinking that they are more expert than they actually are, which can lead to errors being made. After my experience last week, I can vouch for the truth of that possibility.
Back in 2010, I created a website for my business using a simple template. When I was ready to add a blog in 2016, a friend helped me set up a new website. In addition to showing me how to add pages and plugins, she also helped me point the old website to the new one. Anyone who types in the old web address will automatically be brought to the new website. With a little assistance, I’ve been able to maintain my own website for years.
This past Sunday, I felt inspired to start exploring how to give my website a facelift. I found a new template that I liked and a blog with step-by-step instructions on how to set it up. To avoid disrupting traffic to my current site, I decided to experiment using the old web address. That meant I had to stop the old address from pointing to the new one. That part was easy. Then I attempted to connect the new template to the old website. About two hours passed before I finally surrendered. I simply did not know how to accomplish this. I was frustrated to have invested so much time in this project only to end up back where I started.
It wasn’t until the next morning when I tried to post my weekly blog that I realized I had done more damage. When I tried to log in, I received an error message and a warning that my site was not secure. The warning advised me that an unauthorized person may be tampering with my website. How funny. That unauthorized person was me! With my next online workshop just days away, you can imagine I was not thrilled to discover this error!
Thankfully, I had just finished my morning spiritual practice which consists of reading a section in A Course in Miracles followed by a 15-20 minute meditation. I tell my Life Coaching clients all the time that the best decisions are made from a peaceful place. Luckily, I was already in one. If you are not feeling peaceful, do whatever you need to do to return to center. Take a few deep breaths. Go for a walk or a run outside. Take a shower or bath. Dance. Paint. Sing. Chant. Meditate. Pray. Do whatever helps you and take as long as you need. Then, from that peaceful place, ask for guidance on what to do next.
I received clear guidance to go down to my office, turn on my laptop, and see if I could undo whatever I did. If it wasn’t obvious in a few minutes, I would send an email explaining my predicament to the web designer for the Big Sky Retreat with whom I have worked with for years. He had helped me in the past, so I had faith he could do so again if we was available. If I didn’t hear back from him, I had a few other friends in mind who might have more than my little bit of dangerous knowledge on the subject. Once I sent the email, I let it go and went for my walk in the park.
The weather in Houston was beautiful that morning. I’m so glad I didn’t deprive myself of the opportunity to be outside getting fresh air and exercise among the trees. When I finished, I looked at my phone and saw that the web designer had responded to my email. Based on my description and the screenshots I sent him, he was pretty sure he knew what had happened. After giving him access to my account, he was able to repair the damage I had done by the end of the day.
To say that I was grateful would be an understatement. To be clear, I wasn’t just grateful that my website was fixed. I was grateful for the awareness that this situation didn’t have to ruin my day. I could have stayed in my office trying to figure it out instead of enjoying the sights and sounds of the park. I also could have spent a lot more time beating myself up for creating the problem in the first place. The real miracle was my choice to not judge myself harshly and to experience peace despite the unwanted circumstances. I won’t say I did it perfectly, but I certainly did it better than I would have five, ten, or even one year ago. That’s the power of having a spiritual practice. You can choose peace!
Is there a situation in your life where you could use some assistance in choosing peace? I would be honored to help you with a series of weekly Life Coaching sessions. All of my sessions are based on the strong principles found in A Course in Miracles and the philosophy of Family Constellations. Sessions can be done from anywhere in the world by telephone, Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. Look around my website or send me an email for more information or to schedule your first session.
Until next time, may you remember that a little knowledge can also be a peaceful thing!
I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.
Workbook Lesson 34 from A Course in Miracles