Pressing the Reset Button Within
by Deb Kersey, RScP
“And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
I recently moved into an old Victorian – replete with tall ceilings and crown molding. I love my new home because it reminds me of my childhood, however, it is slightly drafty and requires me to use a small, portable heater to warm up my bedroom. I usually keep it on low, but this particular evening it was so cold that I turned it up full blast. Unfortunately that action tripped the circuit breaker and in less than 30 minutes I was sitting in the dark. Arghhhh! Questions filled my mind: “Do I go just go to bed now? Do I get up instead? Where’s the flashlight? Better yet, where’s the breaker box?” After a few minutes, I decided to get out of my warm and cozy bed to search for this magical box … only to find that it was outside. Are you kidding me!!? I walked right back into my dark room and got back in my bed.
Sometimes it can feel like Life is throwing us a curve ball, but really, the experience is the result of a decision that came from an thought that we (knowingly or unknowingly) accepted. And while we can’t always undo the result, we can gracefully move through the experience while simultaneously (at the same time) pressing our internal “reset button.” This could look like journaling, meditating, going to church, asking for prayer, going to see a spiritual practitioner or simply declaring something new for ourselves. The decision to do the thing differently, backed with intention and action is akin to 1) deciding to draw a line in the sand; 2) actually drawing the line; and then, 3) stepping over it with a new feeling of ______ (fill in the blank). Keep in mind that pressing the reset button within is not always as easy as 1, 2, 3 and can sometimes be very uncomfortable. However, I have come to find that there is always something beneficial on the other side of discomfort.
As I lay in the bed… in the dark… unable to read… I could feel the cold creeping in. I realized it would feel like an ice castle come the wee hours of the morning and, more importantly, if I had to use the bathroom in the middle of the night it would be a freezing cold experience! That thought was the deciding factor to get me out of the bed and off to find the breaker box. As I headed outside, I asked Spirit to guide me to it and make it easy. I quickly located the electrical box on the side of the house and much to my surprise found out that the neighbor’s house had a motion-sensor security light that lit up the entire side of the building. I didn’t even need a flashlight! Needless to say, my moment of emotionally and physically pushing the “reset button” was a very gratifying decision.
I trust the process of starting over and boldly step out in faith.