Need A Reboot?

All of us go through changes. Some are predictable like changing jobs, aging or parenthood. Others come as unexpected events such as the car breaking down, or a health crisis. When change happens, we may find ourselves wondering how to handle our new circumstances. This is when we need to step back and, instead of letting fear take over, give ourselves a reboot. This is not comparing people to computers but using the term to indicate a fresh start. A reboot gives us the opportunity to craft our life on a more solid and healthier foundation. New beginnings are the doorway to fresh perspective, creativity and trust in our Higher Power. How do we know when it’s time for a reboot? Valerie Soleil has researched signs that indicate it’s time for a new beginning. She says that if we’re feeling sad, miserable and unhappy, and what we used to be enjoyable no longer brings us pleasure, we need a fresh start. Becoming angry and cynical means we need to give our mental health a reboot. When our body is changing and we feel continually tired, run down, have aches and pains that interfere with our usual routines and can’t sleep, we need a change. If we’re irritated easily and quickly loosing our temper, we need a reboot. Finding ourselves stuck in the past or future indicates we’ve lost the present moment and need to restart our thought process.

Every day is a new beginning, so we can start over any time we choose. Let’s start our reboot with patience, which means treating ourselves with gentleness, love and compassion. Starting over requires courage, resilience, faith and an understanding of how limitations affect the quality of our life. This is where perspective comes in, because this is where we can change limitations into opportunities.

It’s the way we look at our life that can make all the difference. All our experiences are derived from our perception of what is happening. Leon Ho writes, “Being able to control how you look at things is the key to learning how to start over. Shaping your perception is so powerful that just a small change in perspective can completely change everything, from your motivation and outlook, to your self-esteem and confidence.”

Our priorities may change over time, so part of a new beginning is identifying what is most important now. When that is clear we know where to invest our time and energy. Since life is ever changing, we need to embrace change and accept the situation as though we have chosen. This can be difficult, but it is acceptance that can work miracles. We reboot when we breathe deeply and immerse ourselves in the present moment. Talking things over with our Higher Power can be a meaningful part of a new beginning, as is expressing gratitude for the precious gifts that are part of our life. Sometimes starting over means letting go of limiting beliefs, easy excuses and expectations about how life should be. Although starting over may feel scary, endings are not bad, and our future is not determined by our past. Let’s remember we are in a continuous process of becoming, and that process is helped when we listen to and trust our inner wisdom.

When we reboot, we can take baby steps, but baby steps can still be effective. The result is increased happiness, new skills, empathy, confidence and a deeper sense of peace. We don’t need to wait for big events to create the need for a reboot, we can choose to make everyday a new beginning. Luminita D. Saviuc writes, “Each day is a gift given by life itself. Each day is a new beginning, a new chance and a new opportunity for you to create something better, something new. To offer more value to the world around you, and to reveal more of yourself to those you love. Each day is a new life, each moment is a precious gift. So, let’s make the best of each day and make the best of each moment.”

Until Next Time – Sylvia

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