Today has been a day spent in a whirlwind of effort to 1) study for the exam that I will take tomorrow night and 2) get to my regular Tuesday Al-Anon meeting. I did get some of the studying done, getting through a review of the lectures. But I was also waylaid for about four hours by attempting to get my wireless printer to print.
I have this incredibly stubborn streak when it comes to getting electronic equipment to work. I fiddled with the wifi printer for over an hour, did not get any results so I called the tech support for this printer. I was on the phone for about an hour with one Tech who was the basement level trouble shooter. After he could not get anything going with the printer, I was sent to Level 2 tech support. There I connected with Wayne who worked with me for over two hours. Wayne sounded a bit German or Scandinavian in his accent so during one of our 15 minute software downloads, I asked him where he was really located. The caller id said Salt Lake City, Utah.
It turns out that Wayne is in Manilla. Although I am sure his real name isn't Wayne, he is a great fellow who was totally patient and a speed reader as he must have read about 100 pages of a trouble shooting manual as we were working on getting this wifi printer going. After downloading new software and tweaking a few other things, we were able to successfully get the printer doing what it was supposed to do.
Meanwhile, I was keeping an eye on the clock as the afternoon slipped away and the time for my meeting came and went. Wayne said that I had been extraordinarily patient. I suppose that I had been. I was a hostage to my desire to get the damn printer up and going. So I was finally able to print the documents I needed, but missed the meeting. I could tell that I really need a meeting. But once I started with the printer and began working with Wayne in Manilla, I was determined to see this through.
Maybe I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Not necessarily where I wanted to be, but where I was supposed to be. God, I can dogmatically pursue things at time. Maybe that is why I have had a successful career. I seek a solution and work to get there. Maybe that is what I do in Al-Anon as well. I seek a solution and work the steps to get to recovery. I know that I have enormous staying power to see things through to the end. That is a double-edged sword, I suppose.
Wayne ended his day with a success. I ended mine with a solution. We both were happy. And I finished up studying the lecture notes for the exam. Now I am going to bed and will be glad to let go of what might have been different about today. I missed the meeting but maybe learned something about patience and helped a worker in the Philippines feel happy. Not so shabby after all.