Control-Alt-Delete, Another Chapter

“You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever ‘the old’ means for you.”~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Today will be a fairly short post. (You’re welcome.) It’s personal but general enough that I think almost anyone can relate, at least to an extent. That is unless you are an extreme minimalist or a monk.

My husband and I just spent two long, hot, dirty, sweaty days cleaning out the outbuildings on the farm where he grew up. (Did I mention the mice, the wasps and the snake?) His mom and dad had lived there 68 years. In truth, a lot of the stuff we were sorting belonged to us. We moved away from our own rural acreage years ago. When crunch time came and we had to clear out, we hastily stored a lot of things at his folk’s farm. Classic “kick-the-can-down-the-road.”

Slapped by a metaphor

An idea dawned on me when I woke up at sunrise of day two. Oh my goodness! We’ve become totally conditioned to expect ease and speed and this was not going to happen fast! Today we think in terms of a quick clear the cache, control-alt-delete, reboot. Voila, we’re back on track and zipping along! However, life doesn’t work that way. It’s messy and if we don’t “clear the cache” as we go, it takes a ton of effort. We get bogged down by “stuff” and eventually we must deal with it.

Then, another epiphany! I realized it works the same with what’s in our head! The junk, the self-criticism, the useless ruminations. The ideas we didn’t implement, the good intentions we failed to act on. They accumulate too and bog us down emotionally, spiritually, even physically. If only there was a simple control-alt-delete for that!

What happens now?

I’ve unlocked a truth I should have learned long ago. I now realize more than ever before that every ending is simply another beginning. I’ll write more about this on Thurday! See you then!

“There are no endings. If you think so you are deceived as to their nature. They are all beginnings. Here is one.” ~ Hilary Mantel





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