My laptop drama continued yesterday with the following verdict handed down by Ibu Wayan: MATI. Dead. Pitiful groaning ensued. What now? After handing over my external HD, full of hope that they could at least save and transfer my data, I felt wobbly. No laptop, no direct access to my usual way of getting things done, writing, finding photos, connecting all the disparate parts together. The immediacy, the immediate ‘gratification’ of point, click, save, etc… All gone. Poof.
Then, almost in an instant, gratitude flowed in: I have temporary use of THIS laptop – despite its many glitches. I have access to wifi at places around town. I have a beautiful view of the ridge across, the jungle, Mount Agung and sunrise – and an offer to stay at a friend’s guest room for three weeks until I leave. I eat good food, have a roof (albeit leaky in some places) roof over my head, and my camera still works!
Sun liberally sprinkling its warm rays around the flooded fields, newly planted shoots speckling the landscape. I pass a few farmers, in bare feet and hoes, heading to the sawah.
I cautiously navigated myself down narrow paths between field and stream, watching out for passing insects and possibly a snake. After yesterday’s insectarial double-feature (uninvited guests into my shower included: morning = huge scorpion; evening = massive centipede!), I was taking no chances.
Will I revel in miles and miles of unhindered stretches of field, gravel, road, grass?
I walked in peace, joy, solitude and quiet appreciation.. for so much beauty and grace.
After all, and always, gratitude does and must win out.
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