I began speculating on the chances of catching a cold when ouside work waiting for a lift the other night. The mind is a powerful beast and by the next evening I was feeling lousy. Things only got worse and I felt sorry for myself come Friday morning - "Surely no one has known a cold as bad as this" and other quotes to make my wife roll her eyes. Sorry for myself until I bumped in to a friend from my childhood.
She was in the village because her father, a friend of mine, passed away this week. Talking to her and seeing a gentle strength in adversity brought me a sense of perspective. I told myself, in that internal dialogue one has with oneself [please don't write and say that this only happens to me] I had a cold, if that was the limit of my worries on that day, I was actually very fortunate and should appreciate it.
I also heard a melancholy episode that happened to a friend on holiday and this made me realise how really special our time away was. We visited with friends, made new ones and had such a good time.
Another event that might have had me feeling sorry for myself, but for the above lesson, was the sudden delay in my HTC Touch HD Expansys order. I spoke to a representative when ordering last week, who said that once I had got as far as passing the mobile carrier checks, I was guaranteed to get one of the first batch of Touch HDs they had in. I paid by bank transfer to ensure there would be no hiccups but my delivery date went from 3 to 6 days. I
am not a pushy individual but decided that, having paid, it would be reasonable to email and ask why the longer delivery estimate. Bad timing I guess but 24 hours after my email I find my delivery date was now 18 days away - had I upset someone at the Expansys end, gotten my name on a watch list? Not according to customer service when I rang on Friday afternoon. Apparently the extending of the delivery date wasn't because they had sold all the stock, despite the guarantee I had been given (yes, I know, a verbal contract is worth the paper it's written on), it seems there was a technical problem with the delivery of Touch HDs and they had to be sent back. I have Googled but can't see any mention anywhere of a problem with the first Touch HDs, commercially sensitive I suppose. The late delivery of a phone isn't a world shattering event but noteworthy in my world all the same.