Written by cycleguy on January 4th, 2016

One of my well-used sayings is “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

My more modern-day translation:

“Even the best-laid plans of mice and men often go down the tubes.”

I had it all planned:

  • Start the new year on Monday with a post. Check.
  • Work on Sunday afternoon on said post. Check.
  • Work on said post after a good lunch with friends. Check.
  • Go back to office after said lunch to work on said post. Check.
  • Sit down at computer to hammer out said post in said office after said lunch. Check.


What is this crazy thing saying? No internet? How can that be? I’m not even wireless! But sadly, ’twas true. No internet. Ryan, my tech geek friend, swung by on his way home for a few minutes. A few minutes turned into…drum roll please…5 hours!!! And after all his hard work, talking to himself (I certainly didn’t understand the jargon), the one hour on the phone with Comcast, he was able to apply a “patch” to the system so we at least had some internet access. (Honestly, how did churches make it without computers?)

For all I was able to understand…the Comcast router was unable to play with the Hawking router. And get this…after 5 years of playing nicely together! They were sending mixed signals.

I started thinking about that. This is a new year. We hear a lot about turning over a new leaf. Sadly, while there will be some new things come to life, there will also be some things die. Relationships will die. Marriages will die. Friendships will die. All because of…you guessed it…the inability to get along. Pride enters the picture. “My way or the high way” enters the picture. Where you once played nicely together, you are now sending mixed signals.

I realize we will not always get along. But there is no reason why we have to allow death to happen. I’ll be glad when the “patch” is much more permanent in our internet system. I’ll especially be glad to hear of the mending of relationships as the year moves along.

What do you think?

I know this is not most of your “cup of tea” but mute this if it isn’t and go to 1:40 and read the words to 2:35.



17 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    Our whole lab is one humongous network of computers connected by networks through hubs via miles of underground cable protected by various security protocols and firewalls. Every one of the thousands of computers runs an operating system, some Windows, some Mac, some unix, some hybrid. Not a week goes by when some patch or some update is applied to some machine when the whole thing doesn’t come to its knees. Ugh.

  2. Jon Stolpe says:

    It’s great how “glitches” actually help us get to where we need to be.

  3. Lisa notes says:

    Technology problems can bring out the worst in me. Ugh. Glad you were at least able to patch together your issues until a permanent fix is in place. It reminds me to not wait until “perfect” conditions arrive before I get back to work too. God always has things for us to do even in our imperfect circumstances. Happy New Year, Bill!

  4. Terrific analogy for how we should all strive to get along better with others, and when feelings (pride) gets hurt, do our best to patch things up and make it right again.
    Hope you’ve seen the last of your internet troubles, Bill!

    • cycleguy says:

      It is essential we patch things up as quickly as possible. I agree with you on that Martha. I, too, hope we have seen the last of the troubles but I’m suspecting we haven’t.

  5. Linda Stoll says:

    Amazing how the lack of the internet can wreck havoc with our day, our plans, our world!

    Makes me want to pick up a quill and a bottle of ink and some papyrus, ya’ know?


  6. Pam says:

    I think God sometimes allows these “glitches” in life so we stop and re-adjust our focus–at least that’s what I tell myself so I am less frustrated by them! LOL!

  7. Kari Scare says:

    Been thinking a lot about change lately and how it can really mess up relationships if we let it. Haven’t got much figured out except to be determined not to let change cause relationships to die, especially with those closest to me (husband, sons, etc.)

  8. Betty Draper says:

    I’m with Kari, we took a huge leap of faith and rented a house with our son and family. Even though things have went pretty well so far, what I really means is, I have been able to keep my mouth shut with everyone except my husband. He bears the load of my discontent. Of course if I expected it to be perfect then it would be a whole lot worst. Anything internet is better here then in a third, fourth, fifth country. I kind of like it when the internet goes out, a reason to read a good book, call a friend, take a walk, read my bible. I think I was in the jungle too long. Blessings Bill

    • Diane says:

      Love you, Betty! Oh, the life challenges we have. I bet you are an awesome mother-in-law…I already know you are as you keep your “mouth shut”! God bless you!

  9. Diane says:

    Bill, I love how you brought relationships into your internet topic. I was trying to figure out where you were headed with the post as I was reading. Food for thought. Thank you, Bill! A blessed new year to you, your family, and church.

  10. floyd says:

    Great analogy, Bill. We do tend to end up at odds with others. The root for us I believe is pride… humility doesn’t have to be right…