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Hard Resetting Life

Photo by Luca Bravo on Unsplash

School has begun for my daughter.  I start teaching on Monday and continue at my second school the following week.  Our schedules are already filling up.  I am beginning to feel a little stressed out already.  Although our house has gotten much cleaner over the past few days, it is still not where I want it to be.  Although I joined Terrafit at the beginning of the month, I have not been following it for the past two weeks.  Although I want to be eating more healthy, I am not.  Although I want to be walking the dogs each day, I am not.  There is so much in my life and although it seems like incrementally changing would be easiest, I feel like I can’t take the time to do that and even if I had the time, so much of it is related to the other that to make serious changes in one area, I need to change the other area.  So, I’ve decided my life needs a hard reset.

A hard reset, also known as a factory reset or master reset, is the restoration of a device to the state it was in when it left the factory. All settings, applications and data added by the user are removed.  –

So, what does that mean to me?  Well, I’ve added a lot of data as the user of my life over the past five decades.  Not all of that data is good or useful.  I need a restoration to the state I was in when I left the factory.  When God sent me to this place, He had all the settings I needed, but I wandered off the path and started getting new applications and gathering data.  And as the saying goes, Garbage In, Garbage Out.  I’ve got a bit too much Garbage to deal with at this point, so it is just easier to restore to God’s settings.

So, what does that mean moving forward?  Well, first, it means living life with a sense of stewardship.  I was listening to an episode of the podcast Woven last week about stewardship.  It is part of a series and I haven’t finished listening to the series yet, but it made total sense to me.  God has given me all these great things.  A home, plenty of food, friends, my family, a great hometown, not one but two good jobs that I enjoy, access to technology, and so much more.  And I don’t take care of those things the way that I should.  Instead, I am constantly seeking more or better or seeing the lack or the mess.  I am tired of living life that way.  Instead, I want to recognize how blessed I am and not take that for granted, but instead steward those gifts from God to the best of my ability.

So, I’m hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL on my life keyboard and looking more deeply at what my factory settings were.  I’ll have to dig out the owner’s manual (Bible) and see what it has to say about starting over my system and keeping it healthy and happy this time.  Luckily, my factory producer is forgiving and full of grace, so I think He will make this hard reset a little easier.

What about you?  Are you keeping your system well-maintained or do you need to clean some data and applications out in order to steward a better life?  It is a question worth asking!

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thoughts Sunday

Stray Thought Sundays

Another Sunday is here already!  This week was super busy and then Thursday night we were bit by the summer cold bug and we’ve been more or less down and out ever since (although I tried to do my scheduled activities yesterday and I think that actually made me feel worse today – I needed rest – so today is nothing but couch).  Hoping to feel much better to start the Fourth of July week off tomorrow!  Here are some of my Stray Thoughts from this past week:

1.  Helping others helps me.  Last Sunday, I went to the opening activities for this year’s Summer Bridge.  I started participating as a faculty mentor last year and plan to continue every summer that I am available.  The first activities we do are team building activities/games and I think I learn as much about myself as the students learn about themselves!  I love the unity and support and investment that both the staff, volunteers and students make in this week and a half.  There are workshops to prepare students for college, English classes to bolster their writing preparedness, math workshops to boost their scores on the math entrance exam (where needed), and bonding activities to give them a built in cohort when they arrive at school in the Fall.  Last year, I was a little intimidated and felt like I was not really much of a help (luckily, since it was my first year, I was paired up with someone else and that helped take a little pressure off of me).  This year, I feel much more prepared and ready to be there for these students.  I go to a few activities over the course of the week and a half and serve as a resource for them in the Fall.  It is a lot of fun, but also emotionally tough.  These students come from some seriously bad pasts.  They are survivors and fighters and incredibly inspirational to me.  But, it also makes me hurt for them.

2.  This definitely is something you have to be of “a certain age” to understand.

3.  Another great photo that included one of our local Sierra Nevada beers!

4. Seeing all these sleeping photos from my Instagram last week makes me think this summer cold my daughter and I are now suffering may have been brewing for a while.  She does not usually sleep this much during the day!

5. Instagram was really good last week!  This one is for the cat lovers (and haters) out there!

6.  The vaccination controversy is heating up even more.  As the mother of an immune-suppressed child who can not get the MMR vaccine because of her transplant, I have some pretty strong opinions about this.  I believe in public health and I believe that crises can be averted through vaccination.  So, this decision in NYC is very interesting to me…

7.  One word for the new Paddington Bear movie – Creepy.  And I’m a Paddington Bear fan, but whatever they are using to animate him in this movie just made him look really creepy!

8.  Some really educated and impressive people talking about a really difficult but important issue – Science and Religion.  Check it out.  I heart Bill Moyers.

9.  Sports confluence.  My favorite baseball team’s pitcher, Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter last week and his teammate, Hunter Pence gave some of the credit to the US Soccer team, who sent both Pence and Lincecum jerseys – read about it here.

10.  Our city has a lot of issues with homelessness right now, so this bench design is definitely something that would be controversial here.  What do you think?  I would love to hear thoughts in the comments!

So, those are my top ten Stray Thoughts for this week.  I would love to hear some of your thoughts about these thoughts in the comments!