I’ve been thinking a lot about the term reboot. If something goes wrong with your computer - maybe you’ve gotten the blue screen of death or the screen freezes up, what do you do? You reboot. Not a complete system shutdown, but a little bit of a refresher for your computer, if you will. I was talking about rebooting last night with a dear friend of mine, not so much in terms of our computers, but rather our lives. I think certain points arise in everyone’s life where we start to question our purpose, maybe we’ve experienced some heartbreak and so we question ourselves, or maybe we are just searching for what it is that we really want to do. We’ve all been there and it is an endless game you play with your mind. Your body is telling you to get ahold of yourself, get it together, pick yourself up all the while your mind continues to engulf you in memories, guilt, happiness, failures, etc.
This is where the idea of rebooting comes in. I’ve really been doing a lot of thinking about these minds traps or holes we tend to find ourselves in, some might even call them ruts. But, whatever the term you use, I think the best way to find fulfillness and joy is by helping others. Granted, this will not make any problem or worriment disappear but it can at least help you while you are helping others. One thing I tend to think about is where I find enjoyment and it truly lies with making people laugh and so that has sort of become my purpose and my way to move past these mind barriers. But, it could also be reaching out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time, volunteering, stopping by to chat with someone, the list continues. We become so obsessed with our problem that it begins to take over and rather than pushing past the issue, we allow it to encompass our daily activities. It is important to find a way to achieve something and help others as a way to help ourselves.
One of the things I love about twitter is that people retweet others posts. And what I find a lot of people retweeting is something along the lines of “it’s a beautiful day, go share your smile” or “make a difference, help a friend in need.” I am speaking generally of course, but it is so true, we need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves, get off our butts and give back. It can be a way for us to reboot…shut down for a bit, while we find joy in helping others and listening to their problems rather than our own. And in turn, we are giving our minds a rest. I fully believe in the power that helping others, volunteering, showing someone you care, reaching out, etc. can have on our minds in terms of achievement and essentially, a way to “reboot” our minds as a way of restarting; a simple idea with a big impact.