What My PC Taught Me

Contributed by Betsy Butterick - Founding Partner of Success for Teams and The Coaches Coach & Communication Specialist at Butterick Creative Consulting

Though I grew up in a Mac family I sometimes use a PC for work. Before a webinar yesterday my PC alerted me that it needed to update. I began the process and after a few minutes a blue screen popped up with the following message, 

“Working on updates 3%
Don’t turn off your PC. This will take a while.
Your PC will restart several times.”

I sat looking at the screen and began thinking about that message and how it applies not just to computers, but also to people.
Think about all the times you’ve interacted with others while some major update is processing internally. Except there’s no blue screen. No clear indication that we’re going through something and may not be operating at our best.
Sometimes we lack the words to say, “I’m not okay” or “I could use some help” or “there’s a lot going on but I don’t want to talk about it”… all the while silently hoping that people will be patient with us.

“please don’t turn me off… this may take a while.”

Life is full of updates. May we support each other through all the restarts.