Building your life around not waiting for the miracle

Macintosh users all dread the same moment. 

It’s the spinning rainbow pinwheel of death. 

If you’re not familiar with this icon, it’s a variation of the mouse pointer arrow that is used in the mac operating system to indicate that an application is busy. 

It’s utterly infuriating. The entire system freezes up. Whatever you’re working on locks down. And you feel helpless because all you can do is sit there and stare at the screen and feel your face slowly start to boil. 

That’s why thousands of blogs, articles, message boards and online tutorials have been created around this very glitch. Experts tell users to open their activity monitors, run diagnostics, check disk utility, execute their clean up program, call tech support if need be, restart the computer, or, better yet, throw the laptop out the window. 

But ask any user who’s faced the spinning rainbow pinwheel of death before, and they’ll all tell you the same thing. 

There’s nothing you can do. You just have to wait it out as the computer takes its sweet ass time unfreezing.

But irony is, that very experience is ninety percent of life. Standing around, waiting for the miracle to happen, we spend most of our time in that space. 

Pleading to the heavens above, oh please god, more than anything, I just want this moment to be over. 

But the cosmic joke is on us. Because there is no miracle. That moment is all there is. 

And once we learn not to fight it, but to accept it and love it and even prefer it, then all of the sudden, reality isn’t so damn stressful. 


Do you realize that your happiness or suffering is dependent on how you relate to the present moment?

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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