I have a project I committed to for the Baby Island Saratoga Club. This year is our 60th anniversary. We will have an Open-to-the Public Picnic this summer. Today is our Annual Tea to raise money for scholarships for local students. Our committee thought it would be a good idea to have some Save the Date cards to give to our guests today.
I worked on Microsoft Publisher and designed a cute card to be printed on card stock paper, bought the paper and started out. One copy printed, incorrectly because the paper stuck. Then my printer said “Cartridge Error: Left cartridge must be replaced.” For two days now I have fiddled with the printer. There should be nothing wrong with the cartridge. I put it in a couple of weeks ago and it has worked fine.
Yesterday I had the idea that when I have had trouble with my printer in the past if I uninstalled the printer, then reinstalled it I could usually get the glitch worked out. So before I went to work I “uninstalled.” When I came home from work, I “installed.”
That didn’t do the trick. So the cards will not be printed for today’s event.
But I got to thinking of this “uninstall/install” feature I use on my computer. What if I could practice this in my life when it comes to my habits and my thinking. Now this time it didn’t work for my computer, but it usually does. A computer program has so much behind the scene connections that are working all the time as we do our everyday computer activities.
Just like my brain. Only I don’t have a disc to insert to uninstall the programs I have been building for almost sixty years.
I do have my thoughts and emotions. I can pay attention to how I am feeling. I can pay attention to what I am thinking. I can be intentional with my actions. My programs made me who I am today. My thoughts and actions today form my programs for the future and who I will be.
I’m glad I don’t have an “uninstall” button.