Remember when the cure for “fixing” a computer was to re-boot by turning it off and restarting it? It seems like my PC doesn’t do that quite as often anymore, but that’s still my go-to cure with anything that has an on/off button. Note this does not work well with coffee makers—when the machine says to descale, it’s time to get out the vinegar and not keep unplugging it. While my body doesn’t have a plug-in cord or an actual reset button, there are times when I mentally feel like a reset is in order.
Often it’s our circumstances that reset life for us. It could be a move to a new school when you’re a kid, the death of a loved one or a new city when a job change occurs. All can be daunting and attitude plays a huge role. One thing I’ve found is that big changes don’t tend to happen in a singular fashion—it’s typically the accompanying little changes that piggy back one another that alter our life’s course. It’s those little ones that make it hard to tell what the catalyst for inner change actually was.
Other times in our lives require that we orchestrate a reset to get out of a funk or a less than ideal situation. For me, these can be harder to do, because they involve making a big decision to change something and following through. It’s letting go of the comfortable and moving into unchartered territory. Those types of difficult resets—the kind that make your whole hand shake as you press that little reset button—but can be extremely empowering. As a person of faith, for me they involve soul searching and prayer. Ultimately I feel when I’ve contemplated those resets with those two components I don’t make rash decisions I later regret. However even then, very rarely does that mean they turn out how I expected.
Blame it on my Astrological sign (I’m a Gemini), but I enjoy coming up with various ways to renew life to feel refreshed. Or maybe I have a little ADD. Either way, as much as my kids might argue that I am stuck in my ways about some things (yes, I have to order cashew chicken with hot and sour soup every time I’m at Green China), I feel like mini resets are how to continue to grow as a person. When life becomes too routine and comfortable, it becomes stagnant. I try to keep that from happening, sometimes at the risk of failure. Yeah, I tried to eat strictly Paleo—it lasted about three weeks.
Fortunately, when you’re raising a family, the natural progression of life keeps it from standing still in any one spot too long. There’s no doubt that kids keep things fresh. New interests, sport seasons, friends, and grade in school once a year ensure something’s just beginning or ending. It keeps life interesting, but in truth it is their annual reset, that involve a few logistical tweaks for me. At this point in time, our “life events”, as defined by insurance plans everywhere, usually revolve around the status of our children. With all that craziness going on, my reset can be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep. And sometimes that’s as close to a PC re-boot I’m going to get—this week!