Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Life calling ... are you receiving me?

It’s my belief that when you get sick, it’s your body sending you a message that all is not well and something needs to change. (Dis-ease of the mind?)

It took a wonderful homoeopath to point out the obvious to me – that the frequent ear infections followed by extended periods of deafness I’ve suffered throughout my life always coincided with times when things were going on that I literally didn’t want to hear. It was that simple!

Sometimes a minor illness is a sign that you need to stop doing whatever it is you’re doing and take a break. Ignore your body’s message at your peril! If you do, it will fell you in a way that will leave you no choice but to take note.

Well, I think the same thing’s happening to me on a techy level … and I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that I’ve been foolish to keep fighting it but instead should listen.

First there was my hideous case of Trojanitis. Now there’s all this other stupid techy nonsense – once again impacting on my ability to email and blog. We all know it can be hard to keep a balance on our addiction. (See Minx and Skint for current versions of this debate.)

Sometimes the problems could be a test of our resolve. Sharon, for example, refused to allow the technology to dictate to her and has taken matters into her own hands with her gorgeous new blog. On the other hand, maybe we sometimes need to learn that walking away is not a sign of defeat, but is actually very empowering. Marie, for example, deciding she needs to move away from a negative and destructive situation …

So this, in a nutshell, is what I’m thinking: that the techy irritations are life’s way of telling me I need to get back to my current book. It’s been weeks since I wrote anything new and I realised at the writers’ group on Saturday that I’ve become too distanced from it. And when I don’t write, I get twitchy and feel … just … not right.

So yesterday, pooter was duly shut down. Rug, suntan oil and other comforts came out and I took to the great outdoors and read story-so-far. And you know what? I like it. I want to work on it. I will work on it.

You hear that, life? I am listening. Now just sort the bloody techy stuff, will ya?

16 comments:

Caroline said...

Praise be to the sunshine.
Yesterday was a good day.

I have just stumbled onto your blog, but felt the need to comment.

Caroline x

skint writer said...

thanks for the wise words Debi - good advice - I guess we all have to clear our cache now and again

Debi said...

Hi Caroline. Nice to see you. Hope you continue to stumble this way ...

And Skint, thanks for the advice. Still targetted by spamcops. But glory be! I've written a chapter!

Euro Crime said...

Hi Debi, thanks for popping over to euro crime. I hope you continue to get on well with your writing.

Sharon J said...

Good to know you're writing, Debs. I'm not sure whether I'm with you on the techy stuff being messages to us because surely that would mean that I'm supposed to go get another job? I mean, without my computer working properly, I couldn't do my job and was therefore earning zilch!

Luckily, the client who uses Blogger and whose blogs I write (various subjects, all ghosted) has agreed to put future blogs on WordPress so that I can access them properly. Those that need to stay on Blogger will just have to be manned with Richard's help.

What's more, now that I've decided on a story for my next book and could do with more time to write it, I've gotta work like the clappers in order to get enough money in the kitty to pay the bills!

Zen, Sharon. Remain zenned!

Atyllah said...

Just found your blog, courtesy of Skint.
You are so right about the body giving messages we need to listen to. I've come to the conclusion that all illness is symptomatic of things seriously out of whack somewhere in our lives. Sun, lazing and time out is a very good way to start recharging.
Homeopathy is great - and then you should try Traditional Chinese Medicine - even better :-)
Good luck with the writing!

crimeficreader said...

Good luck with it, Debi.
Looking forward to seeing it in print one day, sooner rather than later!

Minx said...

Signposts, follow them signposts Debi.....

Marie said...

Great advice Debi. Good luck with the book!

Debi said...

Euro crime - pleasure's all mine.

Sharon - absolutely! That's why I said your situation was more of a test. Recognising the 'signposts' (copyright Minx) is one thing. Interpreting them correctly is quite another!

Atyllah - great to see you here. I think I feel another link session lurking ...

Atyllah said...

You're linked - now I hope you can tolerate visits from me, Aunt Aggie and Granny Were.

Debi said...

ooooh, Atylla. I can handle it. Now don't you go disappearing on me now, y'hear?

Kath T said...

Ever tried Reflexology? It's really helped me with one or two things. It doesn't have to be expensive as a lot of schools of health and beauty, students do it at a discount rate.

Debi said...

Thanks, Kath. Yes I've heard some really good things about reflexology.

I'm up for all alternatives but my body is functioning ok at the moment so I'm sticking to healthy diet, walking and dancing (in front room - the dancing not the walking) and heavy smoking ...

Kath T said...

Yes, sounds a good way to live. But at times of mega stress crisps a comedy video/dvd helps....

Debi said...

Ah, the simple pleasures ...