Friday, June 8, 2012


"The road to success is not straight: There is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution lights called family and you will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith and a driver called God, you will make it to a place called success!"

Did you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? As an optimist, if I ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed I like to lie back down and get up from the opposite side of the bed in an attempt of ridding any negative feelings. Today was different though, it was a day some individuals refer to as "Murphy's Law," where "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."

As usual I got up this morning in my dormitory with my counterpart, Bridget Meyer, at 6:00 a.m. to review our daily lesson plan. However, today was no ordinary day. Every laptop and memory card, we used to save our training used to teach village teachers about computer applications, caught a virus. It turned out all of our files were transformed into shortcuts and would not open. We were overwhelmed by the thought of losing all of our files because all the documents we needed to implement a successful computer technology program were on our desktop files and flash drives. Of course we had backed up all of our files but even those devices caught a virus. I tried to quickly get on the Internet and search for a solution to the problem but was unable to get on the web because the virus contaminated all of our removable devices and made them unable to use.

We hurried down to the RISE computer lab, which we recently established, to connect to the Internet. As we entered the school we realized the power was down (a common occurrence in rural India) and no one was certain as to when the power would be accessible again. No power = No Internet. As Bridget was walking back to our dormitory she tripped over a rock and sliced the bottom of her foot on a rock. Blood spilled everywhere, adding an additional layer to our already messy day.

Like warriors wounded from battle we pushed through thirteen hours of troubleshooting in a failed attempt to fixing our virus problem and dealing with India's customer service (which is almost non-existent). Our entire day was a loss since we were not able to conduct our training with any of the students or teachers. After having dinner with Krishnan, the founder of the organization, he empathized and listened to our horrific story. He urged us (Bridget and I) to give the day a rest (which typically ends at 1:00 a.m.) and invited us to spend the rest of the day staring at the stars and watching the moon-rise. Never have I ever witnessed a unforgettable phenomenon I will never forget.

The moon was so bright and beautiful as it gracefully rose and took it place in the dark sky giving us the proper amount of light needed to walk back to our homes. Maybe this was life's way of forcing us to take a break while in India and enjoy the scenery...if only the message would have been delivered in a more peaceful manner. :-)

1 comment:

  1. Wooooow! I know how you can get with computer issues so I can only imagine what that day was like for you lol. Well I guess you guys got it done, good work. I hope you took pics of that moon!