Sally knows that I prefer to pretend that Mercury Retrograde doesn’t exist, so she will be laughing when she reads this and when she sees how her winged pal disrupted normal comms around here this week.
When I was bragging to another client about how easy it is for my computer to auto-backup my valued contents to the cloud via Dropbox, I noticed that although my website was doing that very nicely, my computer didn’t appear to be and hadn’t been possibly for as long ago as April 2015. Yikes! Haven’t I been lucky?
As I write this, my computer peeps have entered me remotely (no jokes please) and are fixing that. It’s a long job, backing up all those files, re-installing Dropbox and re-creating the system which used to work so well. Thank goodness I noticed. Thank you, Dear Client, for helping me to notice that.
Then, on Tuesday, which turned out to be a VERY strange day indeed… two further manifestations of Mercury being the R word.
First off, and it cost me a couple of hours on Tuesday morning, I was “cloned” on Facebook and some imposter started to contact my friends, pretending to be me, and requesting their friendship for his or her own nefarious purposes. Why did that take me a couple of hours? Because everyone started emailing me and sending PMs to check that it was really me before marvellous and caring Sam reported it to FB and they took over, zapping the bogus account. Although, Chums, you really should have known it wasn’t me when said scammer used the word “gotten”. Eek.
I deliberately decided not to over-react; I didn’t have time on Tuesday. In fact, in all three of these instances, I have amazed myself by how calm I have remained. Is that something to do with Mercury too, I wonder? Or am I just manifesting that other bird, Surprisingly and Uncharacteristically Chilled Judith?
The third example happened on Tuesday afternoon when, due to a miscommunication with a wonderful woman who has been a beloved client forever, she thought I hadn’t turned up for one of our coaching calls which I thought (erroneously) that she had re-scheduled until the next day. I thought January, she meant February. I was offline, no Skype, no Facebook, no email, because I was heads down preparing for an Important Project the next day and this is how to focus, People.
For some strange reason, perhaps because of the extreme rarity of such occurrences, my client was worried something had happened to me and so, within less than 40 minutes, I started to receive distress signals from a network of friends who feared the worst, that I had decided to follow all those great creative artists skywards. I had not. 40 minutes offline was all it took for a handful of my closest pals to think about dropping everything and rushing round to mine with various sharp and heavy implements with which to bash down my front door. (This does not bode well for Digital Detox Friday, where I plan to be offline for 24 hours at a stretch – every week!)
Laugh? Nope, not at that one I didn’t. But I bet Sally and her mate Mercury are loving this. The good news is, as Sally reminds me, that Mercury turns direct on Monday 25th so I’ve only got to keep an eye out for his further tricks this coming weekend, and then we’re in the clear until the day after my birthday at the very end of April.
Read Sally on the Topic of Mercury Retrograde in 2016 here.