Archive for February, 2019

I need a reboot

February 26, 2019

When working on my computer, I often have many windows open at once: a Powerpoint document that I am working on, a Word document that I am reading, my work email system, my personal email system, a news web site, and others. That’s a lot of stuff to be juggling all day long. And I have the habit of leaving all those windows open day and night, 24×7. “I don’t want to miss the latest email or the latest news event” I think. At some point, however, my system gets so cluttered and performance degrades so much, I am forced to close everything, reboot, and start fresh. Ah, it is so wonderful to have a fresh, clear screen.

I feel that my mind is like my computer when the computer is at its most cluttered point: many different thoughts on all sorts of topics occupy my mind. Unfortunately, those thoughts don’t shut down when I go to sleep; I am constantly waking up and thinking.

My mind needs the equivalent of a computer reboot. Not sure how to do that, however.

Funny story

February 1, 2019

This gentleman knocks on his son’s door. “Jaime,” he says, “wake up!” Jaime answers, “I don’t want to get up, Papa.” The father shouts, “Get up, you have to go to school.” Jaime says, “I don’t want to go to school.” “Why not?” asks his father. “Three reasons,” says Jaime. “First, because it’s so dull; second, the kids tease me; and third, I hate school.” And the father says, “Well, I’m going to give you three reasons why you must go to school. First, because it’s your duty; second, because you are forty-five years old, and third, because you are the headmaster.”

Awareness, by Anthony de Mello.