February 21, 2018

Don’t blame me. It was my iPhone/iPad/Blackberry wot did it

Handheld deviceHave you noticed? We’re blaming our handheld devices…

“Please forgive the typos. I’m an innocent victim of my evil iThang. Please work out for yourself what I really meant because I haven’t got time.”

And in true blaming style, we’re using automated signatures to get the blame in even when they haven’t done anything wrong.

I mean, I know they do seem to have a mind of their own and the spellchecking can be a little weird at times, but don’t we read our emails before we send them?

If we can’t be responsible for something 100% in our control, what can we be trusted with?

Blaming the IT just looks weak. How much mastery is there in making it your iPhone’s fault?

Not a lot.

And this goes for blame in general. Masters don’t blame. They take responsibility.

Do you take responsibility? Are you a master?

It was my iPad came up with this rant, not me, you understand.

Do you solve a problem when you can?

Exhausted and frustrated woman at a computerIf you’re anything like me, your first reaction to the question might be ”Of course I solve a problem when I can.”

But do you?

Do you always make the choice to deal with an issue when you have the means to? Or do you sometimes leave the problem because actually it’s easier to be working against something, to have something to push on, or even something to blame.

If somehow—and I know this may be unlikely—you could eliminate all your problems and be free of them completely, would that be a comfortable place or an uncomfortable one? What would you do with your freedom then?

Do you sometimes avoid adopting a simple solution and continue looking for a more complex one that’s somehow more justifying?

I know I do.

But the path of personal mastery, wisdom, and growth means choosing to solve our problems when we can, and moving on.