Well my 365 Blog Disaster Recovery Plan worked. It took a little longer than I expected due to the fact that some software updates changed my required procedure for doing the recovery, but after a few hours of tinkering around I am back online. The good aspect is that the was little disruption in terms of my regular publication ability, but letting my SSL certificate expire was stupid. I guess you cannot build a redundancy plan that fully handles stupidity.
Redundancy for Stupidity. Now that is a concept to ponder. I wonder if we really ponder having a redundancy plan? I know we think “life insurance” might cover a death, but there are so many more things that can go wrong and most of them are caused by our own self. Can you build a redundant plan that covers the inevitable fact that you can and will do some stupid things in your life?
I think the answer is yes, but it is a proactive plan. Instead of thinking of having a backup plan to anything that goes wrong, you have to create a person circumstance that if you were to stumble the fall would not be that far. Falling back to ground zero would be devastating, but falling back to where you were a year ago, not so bad. So how do you do that? I think it is quite simply building a baseline of core habits, and important to have habits that force you to be mindful, check in with your goals, and keep some moderate level of a healthy lifestyle. You can build on those, but the important point is to build a foundation upon which you can fall back to when you stupid self does stupid things. Like eat 4 sugary donuts with a sugary orange juice chaser.
Now, what is the most important thing to build your foundation upon? Well, that is a topic for tomorrow.