I am ALIVE again…I am soooo excited the time changed last weekend…yes we have sprung forward and for some reason it is like I have been REBOOTED! What about you? In my younger days I never really noticed it but as I have gotten older, when we fall back in the fall it is like life is in a fog it gets dark so early my mood changes, I think we should be like bears and just hibernate for the winter. LOL! Now that we have changed the time back I have a new set of energy, purpose and it makes me soooo very happy!
Have you ever been working on your computer and all of a sudden it becomes slow or you receive the dreaded screen with the words ERROR! You take a deep breath and decide maybe you need to hit the famous Control, Alt Delete? You say a little prayer it comes back on and you didn’t lose everything you were working on. I have even had the screen freeze up where Control, Alt, Delete didn’t even help so you push and hold the ON button, waiting watching and praying! If all else fails yes I admit I have unplugged waited 20 seconds and plugged it back in. Most of the time this works and the REBOOT is a success…
With the time change and drizzly rain this week, I quickly reflected on the point there are times in our lives where we each need to actually REBOOT our personal lives. We seem to get stuck in a pattern, following the wrong path for way too long or we simply need a jolt; REBOOTING can be the best thing for a positive solution. Whether it is a control, alt, delete OR pressing the power button we all need REBOOTING. Just like a computer we change how we are currently functioning, not the inner workings but how we are operating. Maybe there are things that need to be deleted from the hard drive or old history wiped away, yet there may be some parts you need to back up and hold onto for future reference.
In order to properly go through a REBOOT process, we need to clearly step back and steer clear of whatever it is that we are doing to cause the need for the REBOOT in the first place. This actually may mean to give yourself permission in taking a day off in the middle of the week, Yes for some of you please stop and reread that sentence again including myself! Or maybe it is actually taking a trip to get away from it all so you can clear your thoughts, feelings and particular situation. “Takin Time Out!” Regardless it has to be something that you would not normally do. This isn’t running away from the situation…this is simply putting yourself in a place to really concentrate and visualize what your next step should be. The goal is to reset yourself and we all know you can’t effectively do that when you are still “ON!”
As you go through the process to clear your head, you make a plan and begin to work the plan. Clean out the clutter, the cobwebs, the things that weigh you down. This may mean organizational matters, material things, personal relationships, finances, or your health and well-being.
I recently was home alone on a Sunday afternoon and I very rarely watch TV but decided to flip through the channels, I love the cooking shows and HGTV but there wasn’t anything that caught my eye so the next program I turned to was entitled “Natural REBOOT” it is on ZLiving. It is an inspiring new series where viewers nominate friends and family who need a makeover into a healthier and happier lifestyle. Host Purva Bedi (who has been on Nurse Jackie, Gossip Girl, House, ER, The Good Wife and Law & Order among others) has a team of women who are experts in their field and work one on one with this individual to tackle the things that are standing in their way of progress and growth. It may be their diet, wardrobe, exercise, clutter and more…the women are challenged to restore balance in their lives and become their very best they can be. It is so inspiring to watch people helping people especially women in improving their daily lives and feel worthy. I was like sign me up PLEASE! There are so many areas of my life I feel I am on the right track but the few I am not, well let’s just say they can truly put a damper on the overall view of my inner being. We all go through periods of time where we could use a makeover or having someone help us get unstuck and that is why we need to REBOOT!
The word REBOOT also makes me think of the powerful documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead!” Joe decided to go on this amazing journey to REBOOT his health by juicing. He lost an incredible amount of weight but transformed his whole body inside and out. If you haven’t watched I encourage you to especially anyone struggling with a few unwanted pounds and feeling sluggish, tired and overwhelmed.
Well we all know, Spring is right around the corner and a perfect time to REBOOT! Maybe you need to do some Spring cleaning? Personally I have started this past weekend with the closets, drawers and purged unwanted clothes, shoes and stuff. Next I plan on tackling the kitchen, bath or extra empty rooms where my family has a tendency to put things instead of where they belong. Another area I need a REBOOT is with my health and fitness program…I have been stuck indoors the past few months and have not been as disciplined with all the unpredictable weather to go to the gym or Yoga studio. I prefer to be outside in the fresh air and I can’t wait to start my walking program really soon.
What about your spiritual walk? I know I personally have gone through a few dry seasons in my life but I know my Lord and Savior has been faithful. As 1 John 1:9 states “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This brings me such comfort. We have been studying Moses in our Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday and it has been a very powerful study. Moses life is the perfect example of many REBOOT’s throughout his journey. Yet God was faithful and continued to use him. He was born an Israelite and his mother feared the King of Egypt would kill him since he was a boy, she took a huge leap of faith and hid him in the Nile river and Pharoah’s daughter found him and took him in and he became a prince of Egypt, later he ended up killing an Egyptian soldier and being scared fled to the dessert. He became a shepherd in the dessert and then God called upon him the one the stuttered and was so insecure to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promise Land…Amazing story and many REBOOTS! It shows if God calls us to do something, we should listen, obey and proceed. Walking by faith not by sight…
I am sipping on a fresh cup of mint tea, while”Takin Time Out” and planning for the weekend. I encourage each one of you to take a serious look at your life and ask yourself do I need to REBOOT? If the answer is yes, then make a date with yourself to take the next step. If you do not, is there someone you know that might need a little encouragement to hit the Control, Alt, Delete button in their life and REBOOT? Until next time dear friends, it’s never too late to begin again…be blessed and don’t be afraid to REBOOT……