I had an 11am appointment with a woman located in Chicago. As is my usual, about fifteen minutes before the reading I began preparing myself. I went into my reading room and turned on the computer to load the recording software and Skype. I then took a few moments to quiet my mind, center myself and connect with Spirit. Once I felt I had hit "the zone," I pulled some cards for my client.
Everything seemed to be a go. Spirit had stepped in and were excitedly gabbing with me. Skype and NTI were open and running. Or at least they appeared to be… When I went to change my Skype status from offline to online, I noticed the loading circle was going round and round and round. Uh oh… the circle of death.
Trying not to panic as I still had a few minutes before the reading was scheduled to begin, I tracked down my husband, my savior, down to “fix the problem.” Thank God I always get set up early!
Thinking I was overreacting (technology isn’t always my strong suit) and seeing Skype open he responded, “Dawn, I don’t see a problem. It’s seems fine.” Once I pointed to the blue circle of death and in what likely sounded like cave man jibberish explained the problem, he jumped into troubleshooting mode.
He checked the internet connection. We were good there. He restarted Skype. And then the computer. While the computer was loading, he encouraged me to try loading Skype from the app on my phone.
Because it was now the designated time for the reading (and I knew she was ready, her people were anxiously talking to me), I text my client explaining I was having some technical difficulties. Thankfully she was understanding!
Back into troubleshooting mode, I tried my husband's suggestion and opened the Skype app on my phone. A connection couldn't be established. Nor could a connection be created to Skype on my computer. At this point, my husband threw his hands up determining from everything he could see, it was a Skype issue.
Realizing we were going nowhere fast trying to solve that problem. With my client’s people moving past anxious into pushy, I text my client the following: “I’m so sorry, it appears Skype is not working on my end. That leaves us with two options. We can chalk this up to Mercury Retrograde and continue with the reading via phone. Or, we can take this as a sign that the reading isn’t supposed to happen today and reschedule. How would you like to proceed?”
I wasn’t surprised when she opted for a phone reading. As soon as I dialed her, the brilliant woman that she is had another option. “What about Facetime?”
When she mentioned it, I questioned why I didn’t think of that? While I rarely use it, FaceTime is one of the reasons I selected an iPhone over an Android. What a great idea! And so easy! I didn’t even have to disconnect. Within moments I was able to see her smiling face and we proceeded with a reading. And fortunately we didn’t encounter any further hiccups.
Moral of this story: While yes mercury retrograde can wreak some havoc, you have choice in the matter as to how you respond to it. This is also true with any challenges and obstacles you face in life. Attitude is everything. Choose to overcome. Be creative! There is always a solution out there.