I have a theory in life that makes my children giggle. No, they actually laugh out loud and think I am quite crazy. Many, many years ago, before all of the high tech devices, we had Basic Cable. And when your cable went out and you called tech support, the first thing they told you to do was unplug the cable box, wait a minute and plug it back in. This was the beginning of rebooting. Since then, we have learned to reboot computers, reboot cell phones, reboot devices….. isn’t it about time we learned to reboot ourselves?
It is so important that we learn how to give ourselves downtime. Time without technology, time without devices, time without people, time without the busyness of life. It is just as important as eating right, exercising, and going to church. We need to unplug ourselves and give ourselves time before we plug back in.
That is what I did this past weekend. Friday morning I put my daughter on a plane to visit her grandparents. This entire weekend was me taking care of myself. Rebooting. Spending moments with sweet friends, but also spending lots of time alone. Nothing to distract my thoughts, just rest and peace. Watching my dogs race back and forth across a field and then collapse into pure bliss. Listening to the birds as they wake up in the morning. Watching the sun rise and set. Napping in front of the fireplace. Letting others care for me. The freedom from schedules and duties, the happiness of simple pleasures, the peace and quiet. That’s what rebooting is all about. I hope that each of you gives yourself permission to unplug and reboot sometime soon!