That cost money. More to the point, it would eat up a day. I had to hang out in the local public library, begging for more computer time.
Then, about 2 A.M., I had that moment of clarity: That whatever was keeping me tethered to the professional I used to be. And shouldn't be any longer, not if I am going to remain at the top of marketing/advocacy communications niche.
Through a freak accident (table collapsed), my PC took a hard fall. After a bit of flickering it gave up the ghost. From experience I recognized it would require time and money to have it even diagnosed. The repair process could be long and expensive. Also, I had assignments to complete.
No, I couldn't wait until 8:00 A.M. when OfficeMax opened in a suburb of Austintown, Ohio. And, it got it: The little bit of material I needed from the hard drive had been preserved in email to prospects and actual clients. Those I could "forward" to myself and that would be that.
Here, Wal-Mart is open 24/7. I got in the car. I went to the e- part of the store. There was even an e-expert to help me. For $195, I chose an Acer. It was loaded with Windows 10, a year's subscription to Office, and a trial subscription to a virus protection program.
Within 45 minutes, I was back in business. Minus the vestiges of my communications past which I had been dragging around like a sack of rotting vegetables. Also, I figured I saved about $300, and a day of production time. According to the rules-of-the-road of the Austintown public library, most patrons can expect only an hour of computer time.
Way back in January 2011, I had read three times Henry Cloud's "Necessary Endings." I knew I had to let go of toxic people, both in my professional and personal life. But I didn't recognize necessary endings could cover things.
In 2014, I gave 10 cartons of books, dating all the way back to college, to charity. During the night I let writing samples from the past go.
Cloud is an executive coach with an urgent message for these fast times. No surprise, his 2011 book still ranks high on Amazon: 8,180.