Maybe God Has A Better Plan

I bought a PC (HP Envy 700) two years ago and upgraded to Windows 10 and it gave me such trouble — repeated blue screens of death even when I spent about $200 on a premiere tech repair facility nearby and completely reset the computer, wiping all of my files — I had to ship it away to the repair center last May. I will never buy HP again.

Staring into the evening void without a computer at home, I started going to additional 12-step meetings (beyond my first program, which I started in May of 2011) and they’ve transformed my life. From my first meeting in one new program, I started getting a new outlook on my financial life. My therapist noted that my body language changed. My mood changed. My speech changed. I was more confident about solving some of my problems.

So maybe there is something to that notion that God directs our lives. If my computer had not broken down, I would not have gone to these new 12-step programs, even though I had been thinking about going for a couple of years.

The past couple of weeks, the dreaded blue screen of death is back. I’m getting the critical_structure_corruption message (after updating my HDM drivers, a common problem) and when I tried to return my computer to an earlier date, I got the dreaded 0xc00021a error and couldn’t boot up. So then I reset my whole computer, going back to its original settings and disabling all apps. Now it’s working great.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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