Computer error messages

Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over." – F. Scott Fitzgerald

CTL-ALT-DEL. The symbol of computer failure is possibly its most powerful feature. The reboot. When all has gone wrong, when all else fails, you can turn it off and on again. And the vast majority of the time that sets things right.

If only life were so simple. Which is what Mark Ward muses in his piece “Beginning Again

  • Beginning starts with a full stop. Like rebooting a blky computer, we need to disrupt the scripts and simply be present to ourselves; unrated, unevaluated, unjudged. Let the busy mind settle down: enter into a moment where we are not awaiting, not hoping, not longing; just welcoming, accepting. Here we find a moment of the what Buddhists call ‘maitri’, a complete acceptance or unconditional friendship with ourselves as we are. It is not a matter of fixing or improving some debility, making up for some lack; rather a settled awareness of an appreciation for who we are.”

Maybe we can program ourselves to be a bit more resilient like computers by embracing failure…and re-booting from time to time.

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