Don’t worry; I won’t bore you every day with all the things that I am grateful for. No, that won’t happen. I’m still challenged with making regular postings to face book and replying to my emails in a timely manner.
Today I woke up grumpy from a late night of information overload and a battle with technology. Twitter, face book, LinkedIn, emails and website updates… I promised that the Butterfly Tree wouldn’t send out very many emails. However, I also promised that the Butterfly Tree would from time to time send via email updates and coupons, however it was beginning to look like that might not ever happen. With Valentine’s Day just a day away; I was feeling the pressure to send out something: a coupon, an update, current store hours…anything. It was time to embrace technology!
I was glued to my computer until the wee hours of the morning. Sending an email should be a simple thing but, not for me. As Murphy’s Law would have it, I accidentally deleted my work more than once. Then, I had trouble locating the images I wanted to use, which was another long unwanted adventure. To top it off, I was completely technically challenged when it came to uploading the images, (figuring out how to change the image size so that it was the correct number of pixels… took me hours). By the time I hit send, my eyes were glazed over, my brain was turned off and any attempts at proof reading were futile. Waiting until morning to proof read and hit send was just not an option. This email was going out before I went off to bed one way or another. I wasn’t going to let technology get the best of me. I was determined to win. (Well, I pulled it off, so please forgive any typos or other mistakes.)
The television was on in the background which provided me with distraction and late night companionship. My family had the good sense to go to bed at a reasonable hour, so they could get their recommended 8 hours. A bowl of ice cream gave me a sugar boost to keep me going ... I found myself occasionally distracted by the news headlines. The big story of the night was the untimely passing of Whitney Houston which gave me pause and reminded me to be “grateful for life”. Often times it takes a tragedy or big challenge to remind us to appreciate the little things. It took a diagnosis of breast cancer to start me on a journey of living in gratitude every day. The Butterfly Tree is my way of bringing awareness to environmental & social issues, supporting positive change through shopping and sharing joy and beauty with the world one gift at a time. With thanks to the technology that I so often struggle with, I can share the Butterfly Tree with you 365 days a year…another thing to be grateful for.
With Love, Light & Gratitude,
“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar” ~Trina Paulus