After days of attempting to eradicate the annoying browser hi-jack and ads on my laptop, success! No, not at my hands, but those of my son. It’s amazing how much more a twenty-something knows about computers than his fifty-something mother. Now the machine has been cleaned, the ad-blocker added, the browser restored to pristine functioning.
This teaches me something: Rather than merely complaining, I reached out to find help for an annoying problem. I first posted a note on social media, and several folks volunteered potential resolutions. When my efforts failed, Patrick sat down at the keyboard and slogged through the cleaning. Now I’m up and running.
When the kids were little, someone taught them this phrase: “Now that you’ve identified the problem, what’s the solution?” One of them would say, “I’m hungry,” to which the reply came: “Now that you’ve identified the problem, what’s the solution?” That concept applied to my computer, and to any circumstance about which I might otherwise merely complain. “My legs hurt,” I whine. “Now that you’ve identified the problem, what’s the solution?” Don’t complain, Corinne: Identify a problem, and find a solution.
*sound of hand smacking forehead*