Sunday, January 24, 2010

Start Fresh

Last week, I thought I lost all my files and photos from my flash drive (supposed to be my back up) but my brother-in-law was able to recover some of it last Friday. But as my computer lost its function and was brought to the shop that week, my heart sank when I learned that all my files and photos cannot be recovered anymore. Not some, not a few, not three-fourths, but all of them were gone. So, all the original photos and text on this blog are all gone from my computer. And most files that I’ve saved and worked on are consists of more than six years of research. My brother would call it my life’s work. For the past few years, I was a full time caregiver of my late-father. And I spent my free time doing research about health, nutrition, healing power of whole foods and other areas related to food, cooking and well being. I also did a lot of notes and outlines and saved them in organized folders and sub folders. I've changed computers within those years and have experienced computer breakdown, but they were still able to save everything. When the computer was returned to me the other day with a new socket for the internet, I turned it on, hoping that at least a few would have been recovered. I was still in shocked that they’re all gone. Nothing was left. Not even my resume, or even my drafts for this blog or my case studies that I did for my natural nutrition course.

My brother in law suggested on how to have a real back up for all those files and photos and even a smarter way to do it. He even gave me some words of wisdom through his text message. It says it reminds him of Henry Ford, (founder of Motor Ford Company) whose workshop was burned to ground with all the stuff that he worked on for 10 years. His son felt bitter but Henry said it’s alright. It only means to start anew with a fresh perspective of things. Trust that there is a reason why it happened. There are no coincidences. Take a deep breath; acknowledge that it is a setback. You always have a choice how to react to it (hmmm, which just comes to my mind, when you start over and re-write some of the data, why not publish a book out of it?)I’ll think about it although he insists that I should.

So, I’m starting anew again hoping that whatever that I’ve lost from my hard drive would be restored in a more abundant and miraculous way. I will cling to the scripture that the pastor quoted today from Philippians 3:13 - Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

While I lost every file and photo from my hard drive, this is actually nothing compared to what happened in Haiti. I am still disturbed by what happened and I honestly don’t know what to write as I’m out of words to describe it. While you can make contributions to your local church and other organizations, please take the time to read the following food blogs who wrote about it and how you can help.

Helping and Grieving for Haiti - Tokyo Terrace
One Word about Haiti Relief: Give - Wasabi Prime
Food for Haiti - Acquired Taste
Blog Away Hunger - Help Haiti - Taste As You Go
Help Haiti - No Recipes

Here's a list of other food bloggers donating their ad revenue this month for Haiti relief. You can help by visiting their old posts to increase the amount of ad money donated.
Help Haiti - Blog Away Hunger

And let’s continue praying for everyone affected with this calamity.

Love and light,



21 comments:

  1. Divina, I am soo sorry that you lost all of your files! I would have cried for hours. Heck, I did when I dropped my very expensive laptop a few weeks ago. The laptop wasn't under warranty anymore, so it's just there... Collecting dust in my laptop bag. I was planning on selling that computer to get a dSLR, but it seems that God didn't want me to.

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  2. Losing computer files and folder can be devastating but really glad you are still very postive. I really hope things will be back to normal soon. We know you will still come out with great stiff.

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  3. Losing files is such a heartache. I can understand how it feels like.
    Haiti is another thing. There are many ways to donate and I am everyone is trying to do it in their own ways :)

    Kudos to the bloggers for doing their bit.

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  4. Oh, Divina, I'm sooo sorry. Even when we back things up we can lose them. Your brother in law gave you some good advice, I'm thinking. It's hard to lose so much. It's a chance to start over.

    How much can you retrieve from Blogspot?

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  5. Poor Divina, I'm so sorry that you've lost all your backups! Be brave, sweetie! And follow your heart & believe in yourself. I'm sure you can do it.

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  6. Divina, sorry to hear that you have lost all your stuff. Things happen in life..... tomorrow will be better!

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  7. OMG, Divina I'm so sorry! But I'm glad that you are so optimistic about it... I wish you the best on your fresh start!

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  8. Oh, Divina... I'm so sorry that you've lost everything in your backups. Be brave and I think you can do better.

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  9. oh that sucks! I know what it's like to lose stuff on a back up drive. Good luck with your fresh start you can do it! we're all here for you :)

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  10. My thoughts are with you today. I have had a similar panic only to have my husband recover my files. It took hours, but during that time I wasn't able to let the panic out of my heart. I'm so glad you found your strength in this. This is a good sign. Your faith is very close to your heart. I'm sad for you, but happy that you're so aware of what the worst news really means. And I love the lesson from Mr. Ford.

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  11. The other day, I forgot my umbrella and had to walk home in the rain. Yet, it didn't quite bother me after I thought about the people in Haiti. My life doesn't suck that much. It's just a matter of how you look at it.

    A new start is always good. Just don't look at it in a bad way.

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  12. I got an external hard drive (160 gig) for same reason. Fortunately I was able to push my files onto it before I had to cleansweep. A fake virus scan program got a hold of me.

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  13. hi,divine,i am really sorry for your lost!your optimistic view is a step to a fresh start ,indeed.i wish you all the best !
    and god to bless haitian people !

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  14. Divina, I am so sorry that you lost all of your files! I wish I could wave a magic wand for you to restore all of it. Your positive attitude will get you back on track.

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  15. Oh no! I am so sorry, to say that sucks is a massive understatement. Regarding Haiti, Doctors Without Borders is a really wonderful organization to donate to.

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  16. Oh no! Oh Divina I know that all of our sympathy wont bring you files back but I'm so sorry. You sound as if you've done a wonderful job putting it into perspective for yourself, but I know how hard it must be. It sounds like your brother is on to a good idea, we'll be the first in line to buy our copy :) hang in there and thanks for sharing all the possibilties for helping out with haiti.

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  17. Oh my goodness, really bad news, Divina.

    I'm really sorry for hearing this bad, bad news.

    I heard of Henry Ford's setback and his positive response, really inspiring.
    People with positive attitudes always have the strength to face adversities.

    Divina, your posts always convey positive messages for us.

    Hope those people in Haiti who are still struggling can get more strength and supports to overcome the setbacks and re-establish their homes and lives asap. For sure, we should do whatever we can through all possible means to help those who are in need.

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  18. Hearing about the file loss -- aaaaaaagh! Anguish!! I've had similar things happen and it's just crushing. But as always, you are an inspiration because you find the silver lining around every dark cloud, and you turn your posts into inspirational things to move people forward. You're right to think of it as a fresh start. Blogging is so much about moving forward, versus looking back.

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  19. Divina - I am sooo sorry to hear about your woes :-( But thanks for working through this heartache and looking ahead - you are an inspiration for us all.

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  20. Thanks for the sympathy over my lost files of more than 6 years. And I appreciate all your encouragement and support.

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  21. I have had this problem before and it is heart wrenching -- I feel your pain I wish I could give you a hug :( Granted all files have been lost I am sure the knowledge from your studies is still tucked away safely inside your head. I am glad you are having a positive out look about the situation, granted it is your life's work being erased you will have a chance to begin anew.

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