And this is what I call the Transition Week..........................
Next week, I begin a new job. I have been at the same employer for close to 6 years. I am off this week. This week, I reset myself. My usual Monday routines are no longer existent. I need to do some stuff that makes me feel accomplished as well as do some stuff that is relaxing. Resetting my mind and body this week has not always come easily. I am used to carrying around two phones most of the time. Non-stop emails was my norm for the last 6 years.
I have a love/hate relationship with yard work. Yardwork is thoroughly enjoyable if I am not working in humid conditions. There is something therapeutic about seeing your lawn made great again. On Monday, I spent 3 hours outside in our yard----mowing, weed whacking (trimming), and burning some brush. The weather was absolutely amazing as the weather was in the 60-70’s and zero humidity. Most of my tasks for the yard were completed and it felt good to get outside.
The reset continues as the last two days have been spent doing yard work for people who hired me to mow their yard and landscape their property. It has been extremely humid here but getting outside and being in nature while transforming landscaping has been a spiritual act. I feel that sometimes we keep looking for God in only the holy and sacred places when He is already present in our lives.
Any child of the 80’s and 90’s is familiar with the concept of resetting. Nintendo game consoles were equipped with a power button and a reset button. You inserted your game cartridge into the console and pressed the power button. If the game cartridge was not registering, then you had to take the cartridge out and blow the dust out of the cartridge. Technical issues were usually resolved with cleaning the game cartridge. We did not have a customer service website or YouTube to solve our issues. Now that reset button served a purpose too….
One of my favorite games during my childhood was P.O.W. for the Nintendo game system. In this game, you fought everything from triple-flipping ninjas to Herculan sized warriors. Everyone was trying to stop you in succeeding in accomplishing your mission. Machine guns, grenades, and throwing knives (and your knuckles) were the only weapons that you were afforded in combating evil. I was fairly decent at this game for not spending a lot of time as a video gamer; therefore, I was sometimes able to reach higher levels in the game. Sometimes, I knew I was going to stumble and I needed to hit the reset button. The convenient thing about the original Nintendo is you could hit reset and just start over.
Sometimes, we just need to reset.
Resetting is not quitting. Resetting is starting back at your beginning. When you hit reset on a video game, you are going back to the beginning so you can master your previous level. When you hit reset on your daily routine, you are restarting so you can master the tasks ahead of you.
To reset your situation, try the following……
Evaluate your current situation. Do you need to get back to a hobby that you missed?
What and who is currently bringing JOY to your life?
What areas of your character need transformed during this time?
Do one thing today that you have procrastinated on for a long time?
Transitions are never easy for any of us and sometimes we just need to reset our minds. As this week off between jobs comes to an end, I was able to focus on doing some much needed soul care. This involved reading, writing, and spending time outside in God’s creation. I spent some extra time with my wife and daughter before the next season of Life begins. I reflected on my journey over the past couple of years but most importantly---the last few months. The inner life must be evaluated because it so greatly influences the outer life and what is produces amongst others and in God.