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Restart Needed – Important Updates are Waiting

By on Aug 24, 2015

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What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. – Ralph Marston

A few days ago, my laptop computer alerted me that there were important updates waiting.

I grumbled, but I get it.

These updates keep my computer safe while adding improved functionality and providing new features. But the updates put a dent in my writing time because they take so long to install.


With a sigh of exasperation, I closed Word ®, shut down my browser and selected Update. After the screen flashed a few times, a message informed me of the progress: Keep your PC on until this is done. Installing update 1 of 8.

So, I waited.

Watching as the number on the left increased in value, gave me a few moments to clear my mind and think.

There are many times when I’m running so fast that I don’t take time to consider how I’m feeling, what I need or how I’m doing. My laptop inspired me to think about the updates I need.

Update 1 of 8
It’s been years since I’ve read a book for pleasure. With cooler weather on the way, it sounds refreshing to buy a paperback and read it on my deck so I can take in the fresh air while getting lost in a good story.

Update 2 of 8
Mary Beth started the Body for Life program a couple of weeks ago. Seeing her focused on improving her physical health has made me consider my own well-being. Even though I exercise four to five times a week, I know I can do more to take care of this 53-year-old body like getting more sleep, eating less sugar and more vegetables. I think I’ll tag along with my wife and find more ways to be healthier.

Update 3 of 8
People tell me I’m a kind person. While I think that’s true, I know that I could be kinder to myself. Giving myself a break when I fall short, loving me as much as I love others and being mindful of self-limiting thoughts can help quiet the inner critic, which will bring more kindness to me.

Update 4 of 8
I live inside my comfort zone too much. Routine and structure soothes me, but it doesn’t help my dreams come alive. There are projects I want to do like finishing a book, starting a consulting service and dipping my toes in public speaking. Rather than trying to do all of these things at once, I want to pick one and then change my routine so I can complete it.

Update 5 of 8
After my brother died four years ago, I changed. My positive attitude became diluted by anger and guilt. Perhaps the most obvious effect of his death is I smile less. I want to find that smile and show it to the world – and to myself – more often.

Update 6 of 8
I’ve been blessed to have so much abundance like a great marriage, quality relationships with my children and a successful career. But these things don’t make me worry less. I worry about my family’s finances, I worry about not being appreciated enough and I worry about the unknown problem dropping into my lap without warning. Sometimes the worry takes a bigger place in my heart than the abundance. So, I need to find a way to give more energy to the abundance and less attention to the things I can’t control.

Update 7 of 8
There’s still so much I want to do before it’s too late. I want to see a baseball game at Fenway Park. I want to go to Italy with Mary Beth. And I want to leave a body of work behind that’s my legacy; my gift to my family and to the world. I want my spirit to be awake more often and not pass up the chance to do the things that would stir my soul.

Update 8 of 8
Regret can stick to me like a half-eaten lollipop between two couch cushions. Guilt, shame and resentment is the toxic trio that can keep me from enjoying what I have right now. But every day I have the choice to make amends and to leave the past behind. Letting go of the past – and the mistakes made there – needs to keep happening.

Restart Needed

When the number on the left reached the same value as the number on the right, I received this message: Your PC needs to restart to finishing installing updates.

I clicked the Restart button. In a few moments, my laptop would be safer with improved functionality and new features.

It’s my turn now.

Important updates are waiting.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts