In January, after Improvised Life had been down for several days, with no way of communicating except Facebook, I sent out a message to Friends with Benefits members whose email addresses I had. The message said, in essence: “The site is down, I hope it will be back and that years of writing and images have not been damaged; please send whatever personal magic you employ my way.” Then it seemed, my only option was to wait and practice Improvised Life’s principles…
I knew that even if Improvised Life’s vast archive did disappear, that I would be okay. I have written about, and know, many people who have lost homes, years of work, health; they all found their way. I would too. A path would present itself.
In the meantime, a big, heartening reminder came in via email from readers and friends: we are a community and we are THERE for you!
Mira Keras sent a wonderful Tumblr called Dealing with the Worst Case Scenario which lent some perspective (click on the original post, to follow the links). I’d already experienced quite a few in my life, including a serious car accident…I am STILL here…
Ever-wise performance artist Fast Forward (with whom I became friends through Improvised Life) wrote a compelling view of this potential loss:
I ‘imagine’ all will be restored, but of course that is unpredictable at this point.
BUT what I will say is that re-addressing, or starting afresh is a rather exhilarating experience.
A clean palette, a breath of fresh air and a wide open road ahead. Something akin to leaving the congestion of NYC and finding yourself driving in the along in the mid-west with the sound of insects in the air, the wind rushing through the window and the cacti whizzing by.
What’s not to like . . . . .?
Over the course of several days, I got a big lesson in community. Many readers —few of whom I’d actually met in person – sent deeply affirming messages and “personal magic” that was palpable…including a little miracle to take my mind off things:
…The tracks left by a group of otters, running and sliding — just for fun, it seems — on the ice as they crossed the lake. You can see one “slide” in the trail on the left and how each otter’s tail dragged in the snow behind it….
Thank you for all the magic you deliver to your readers.
Some sent more tangible offers of help. Tim Slavin, creator of Kids, Code, and Computer Science, that teaches kids (and adults) about all things technological, alerted me that the site was down and “anything I can do to help“. The most surprising was from Kate Conklin a highly accomplished singer who teaches Alexander Technique:
I’m a big fan and subscriber, and have a designer/ web consultant significant other who may have insight about your plight. If you’d like to run your setup by him, he’d be happy to advise about going forward and preserving content. (This would be a thank-you for all the ways you brighten our lives.)
What was the essential practice I followed?Reaching out to ASK for help, in this case, moral support and ‘personal magic’And then seeing what unfolded.