The other day I quoted Ashley Brilliant in an email to tammy and Kaitlin:
I feel so much better now that I have given up hope.
It goes along with
Play your part well and let go of the results.
Giving up hope and going with the flow doesn’t necessarily mean being passive, just watching and waiting. It can also mean being fully involved in the process and not worrying about goals and results. And not worrying about how much time that process will take. That’s the big one for me, knowing a project will take a long time and still committing to the the patience and persistence I will need.
I had two projects like that this past week: (1) doing the research for contesting our new tax assessment and (2) trying to understand why MailChimp was sending out notices of a new post only about half the time.
I emailed the MailChimp tech support (available for the first month for nonpaying members) about the problem and the first advice I received was maybe I was scheduling the notice too close to when I posted. It was exactly an hour later, so I moved it to two hours. The results were the same, so I tried contacting them again. The answer I got this time was maybe I scheduled the notice too late. Try moving from two hours back to one hour. Oh, oh, they didn’t know.
So I’ve been gathering data, trying to figure out how it works. I ended up setting up 24 “campaigns” (that’s what they call them), one for every hour on the hour. So far in 24 hours it missed sending out five times, at 5 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm, 12 am, and 1 am. I’ll let the campaigns run for a few more days to see if there’s a better time to send the messages.
Hmm. I was scheduling between 11 pm and 1 am, and as Kaitlin has pointed out, Rummuser doesn’t seem to be having any problems. He seems to be sending his out at 2 am, so I will try to have the notices sent at a better time and see what happens.
I’ve also figured out an easy way use MailChimp to schedule my own email notices if that’s ever necessary.
Anyway, no lack of chances to practice being curious and open to life.
April 10, 2017