Gone

Awhile back, I set a goal and worked hard toward achieving that goal. I persevered and visualized until it became tangible in my mind. I didn't stop until I reached it. And then in July of 2018, I was ready.

I went out to get myself the newest and baddest MacBook Pro.  

It was nice. And it did whatever I set it to do and responded without any hiccup. It was stable. It was a beast! Editing video using Final Cut Pro was very efficient. Logic Pro was killer! And so was Ableton Live.  

I was very pleased with its performance. As a matter of fact, INTRoVOYS wouldn’t be able to play live without it because it also doubled as thr band’s bassist.  

Little did I know that last Sunday, October 21, was to be its last gig with the band. After the show, my gear bag, which had my MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, Canon G7x MkII, my backup drive and my personal wallet, was stolen. Yes... STOLEN!  

I had to cancel all my debit and credit cards. I had to put my iPad and MacBook Pro on “Lock” and “Erase” status from the Find My IPhone app. It was a mess. I was a mess!  

I had to apply for a new driver’s license. I had to do a mental inventory of what else was in that gear bag.  

All in all, $7,500 worth of goodies were taken... never to be seen again.  

And so while I was sulking in my little misery, my wife reminded me how blessed I was that I was in good health and that she and the kids were all fine. Then, my buddy also came up to me to tell me that I was privileged to NOT have known who took my stuff and as such, it was going to be easy for me to let it go and move on. He mentioned that he loaned $18,000 to his friend when he was in need. He was promised he would have the money back in 6 months. It’s been 10 months since my buddy's friend borrowed $18,000 from him and up until right now, there is no sign he's gonna get his money back.

And then another friend of mine called me to let me know that they found a big tumor in his dad’s stomach.  

Geez, my predicament didn’t compare to what my two friends are going through at the moment.  

And then I realized immediately. It’s easy to replace material things.  But the trust and relationship between my friend and the person he lent money to, that’s forever broken. Also, my other friend only has a limited amount of time with his dad. And once that’s over, it’s over.  

Then I asked myself... “What did I really lose?” And to that, I say “ nothing”. As a matter of fact, I gained a ton of wisdom by realizing that perspective can make. Difference in facing different and seemingly difficult challenges in our lives!!! 

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2 comments

  • Araceli

    Araceli Paramount

    Our great concern is you’re safety. Just be extra careful . Hope is well.

    Our great concern is you’re safety. Just be extra careful . Hope is well.

  • Gene

    Gene Abu dhabi

    So feel blessed with you Paco, truly God is working with you, Thanks for your life to continuing serving our Lord God☝ Godbless you...

    So feel blessed with you Paco, truly God is working with you, Thanks for your life to continuing serving our Lord God☝
    Godbless you...

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