Last night, I put my USB memory stick into the laptop and was given one of those horrible feelings of dread and increasing anxiety…

The stick in question that usually calls itself ‘hp135W’ had suddenly morphed into NO NAME and no folders were to be seen anywhere! Everything, all photos, invoices, coaching materials, session summaries, personal letters, notes, creative works of various kinds; all of it was on the USB stick. And now it was gone. Where did it all go?

According to my data recovery/cloud security expert, Daniel (check him out if you want to know more about what he could for you Click Here), “there may be some malware that has got into the laptop somehow” and hopefully, he will be able to put everything back where it belongs and get rid of everything that shouldn’t be there.

So that’s the technical bit done and I know that you will be relieved that at least it hasn’t prevented me from sending you this post.

The thing is, now all my stuff is all over the place. And it’s been emotional. Here’s why…


I like to keep my things in their proper place, naturally. Especially when it comes to electronic folders for photos, articles, invoices. You get the picture and you may well be the same. I like things organised as well as possible. I hate mess.

The files that haven’t totally disappeared are all lumped together in a place called All My Files. It may as well say All My Life based on the vast number of photos contained within it. Photos of babies, photos of children growing up and hurtling towards young adulthood, photos of other men and women, young and old, weddings, parties, holidays, boat trips, barbecues on a sun-drenched deck. The vast majority of the people in these photos are those I have lived with or been surrounded by for most of my life and I love them more than even I could describe on an extremely creative-juices-flowing day.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe documents are useful; some are even important. Thankfully, the really important ones – my works of fiction and non-fiction – have been saved on Google Drive for some time now. All the others will be missed when that time comes around to look something up or refer back to. I will be inconvenienced for sure. But that’s about it.

To lose any of the afore-mentioned people would cause me to become inconsolable. That’s the difference.

I recently wrote that It’s All About the Service Click Here and in business, I believe that to be absolutely true, because good business is about people. So it follows that in life, it is also about the people. The people involved in your real life. The people at home, on holiday, where you grew up, where you live and work today. It’s always all about the people isn’t it?

When was the last time you took down some really old photos, you know the ones that were sent away to be developed and then compared them with the ones on your screen today?nothing-like-a-game-of-tennis-with-paul-hatcher

Enjoy the memory of those moments, and wherever possible, cherish the people you still have with you.

Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.


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