When you have lots of little niggling problems eating away your day, be it with friends, family, work colleagues……home, work place ……….or your computer, it’s easy to lose sight of the ‘big picture‘.

It’s easy to lose sight of the beauty in the ordinary everyday moments, living one’s life Mindfully and appreciating all the positive aspects of living in a marvellous space surrounding by a green belt up and down the river (of parks and nature reserves).   Living in the Moment and not in the past or the future is essential for us chronic pain and illness sufferers.

But if you’re a healthy normal individual it’s a practice worth cultivating too.

The last couple of months have drawn me away from Mindfulness and sucked me into negative thinking, something I vowed I would not do after being forced to quit full-time work in early 2010 and take early retirement.   I’m not naturally a bright, breezy sort of person.   I have to work at it.  I’m the quiet deep thinker who watches life from the sidelines these days.

When I’m with my bright happy extravert friends, I tend to become one (bright, or lively & with a wicked sense of humour).  When I’m with sombre, negative, critical souls, I tend to to take on their negative traits and my mood darkens.   When my computer misbehaves, I curse…….sometimes quite loudly, if the problem doesn’t resolve quickly.

A finger points at the moon, but the moon is not at the tip of the finger. Words points at the truth, but the truth is not in words.

— Huineng

Walking home from the local medical centre yesterday, after a morning of intermittent rain showers,  I was blessed by brilliant sunshine.   Each leaf in the local park sparkled with droplets of rain, and the air was really fresh and inviting.

My mood was immediately uplifted with the sheer beauty of the avenue of stark leafless cherry blossom trees facing a large landscaped area of Euphorbias and low-lying succulents and the rich green hedges.  The faint laughter of a couple of young children in the local playground, as their father watched on with the family dog, provided a light backdrop.

I was also blessed with a relatively pain-free hip and lower back day.  My chronic knee and ankle pain was totally absent – a rarity these days.

I noticed the bushes of Polygala near the supermarket were in full bloom and fortunately I had a camera in my shopping trolley.    I don’t usually take it outdoors if the whole day is forecast for rain showers all day.

MILKWORT (Polygala myrtifolia).

Such a lovely burst of colour amidst the dreary cold days of Winter.

Those colourful blooms were certainly a very welcome sight.  Polygala is a very hardy plant and I’ve seen it in the most unforgiving surroundings.  It flowers from the end of Winter right through Summer, with a few flowers hanging around in the Autumn.   Yesterday was mid-Winter, so in one way, I was surprised to see the generous mass of blooms.

But the succulents and drought-hardy plants in the urns outside the local cafes, pharmacy & medical centre were just as pretty.  Someone in the area must have a ‘green thumb’.

On the way home, by the time I got to the top of my short steep road, most of the light had started to fade under some new dark clouds which heralded a possible rain shower.

I started to walk a bit faster.   There is really no shelter in much of my area, totally opposite to where I lived on the south-east side of Melbourne 4 years ago.

Looking towards the dying sun produced a fair silhouette (which I deepened by increasing the ‘black point’ in the iMac’s simple photo editing section of the software).   It wasn’t really this dark, but I happen to like silhouettes.   The scene wan’t a stunning landscape,  merely an urban space near a row of townhouses.  I kept wishing I had my Sony ‘mirrorless’camera, which takes superb images when there is bright light and strong contrast in the scene.   The Sony ‘intelligent auto’ setting is unsurpassed by my Canon DSLRs.

But as they say, the best camera is the one you have with you on the day.


……now, that I’ve had 3-4 fellow WordPress bloggers upload a new post from a Domain.com address, I’ve had a chance to confirm that the resolution posted by the WordPress Moderator/Staff member in answer to my query, is really (embarrassingly) simple.

I couldn’t press the LIKE button on the homepage of Domain.com blogs merely because I had one wrong preference ticked in Safari.

How simple a resolution is that…..

For the technology-challenged like me who use an Apple computer, go to Safari >>>then Preferences


>>>>>>then to the Privacy tab……which was ticked under Website tracking (ticked box) Prevent cross-site tracking….

and un-tick it as shown below 😀

So problem #1 is solved…………. (for me anyway).

Hope it helps someone out there in the blogasphere too.

Now on to the next computer problem 😀