Speaker: Jeff Jarvis
A few years back, my laptop crashed. The blue screen of death appeared and I was forced to wipe it clean and start over. ARRGGGH! The hidden blessing of it’s crash was how different it acted when it was put back together. It was so fast now!! It almost didn’t feel like the same computer. No glitching – no waiting for screens to open. It felt brand new! In hindsight I realized that I had grown so accustomed to it’s new, slower, gitchy patterns that I had forgotten how nimble and powerful it once was.In many ways, our minds are a lot like laptops. Stuff happens: change at work, relational disturbances, health setbacks, financial stresses, etc. Though our minds work hard to process and make sense of it all, these events can leave residue – mental scar tissue that will accumulate over time. That residue can affect us in so many ways. It can leave us feeling scattered, insecure, unmotivated, annoyed. Recognize any of these feelings? The sinister thing about this residue is that it’s growing effect can be so subtle that, just like my laptop, you can go on for months, even years without realizing just how much it’s negatively impacting you.
Our mental systems need regular servicing and occasionally they need a hard reset. We’re going to explore this on Sunday. Invite a friend and start your year right…in the Spiritual Gym.
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