I’m a tremendous believer in taking intermissions.
I use them as a self-mandated, grown up timeout and they work for me.
Lately, however, these mini-breaks haven’t been enough.
I’ve paused long enough to facilitate slow winding down before sleep.
I’ve disconnected for periods of time in order to re-connect with my mission.
I still find myself running at a sluggish pace.
And, even if that’s just a slower speed for energetic-me, it feels stagnant and slightly off.
still plugged in.
No matter your politics or passions these past weeks have been exhausting.
The most apolitical among us have found it hard to avoid experiencing the anger and frustration due to the fact it’s seemingly everywhere right now.
As these emotions have begun to sap my energies I’ve concluded what I need is something longer than a meditative intermission and jarring enough that when I return to the world I’ve refound my footing.
In addition, being a woman who works in social media and spends the bulk of her time
fighting with technology, the more I reflected on my general state the more it reminded me of my old, slow laptop computer.
When my laptop grows sluggish and I don’t know how else to fix it I either reboot or restart.
Rebooting is specific and intentional.
The majority of the time I feel confident this will solve my problem.
Restarting is vague. It can refresh, but there’s no complete shutdown.
This approach tends to be a crap-shoot. Sometimes it fixes what ails the Mac, other times the problem remains.
As I stared at my laptop’s blank screen and considered how emotionally depleted I felt I knew the answer for us both was the same: reboot.
It was time to force quit what’s currently happening and relight my own damn spark (a.k.a. plug myself in) only after the requisite waiting period.
Right now a restart would not be enough in the same way an overhaul would be too much.
I don’t desire to change the entirety of
the computer my world simply the way it is currently operating.
- Have you felt depleted by life lately?
- Which do you think would benefit you most: a soft restart or a full-on reboot?