Do you need a reboot?

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  • By Ch Lt Col Amy Hunt
  • 452 AMW Chaplain Corps

Do you ever have computer problems? I sometimes do, and when calling for help, I know the first question on the other end of the line will be, “Have you restarted?” 


In my extremely limited IT vocabulary, I have learned there is something called Random Access Memory (RAM) that handles short-term tasks and data inside my computer. RAM is also called “volatile memory” because it is constantly in flux. By rebooting, or restarting my computer, I flush out RAM which removes all the random, unimportant, and temporary data bogging down the device. 


Much like my computer, I sometimes need a reboot. My physical, emotional, mental and spirituality, occasionally needs to be flushed out. Let’s face it, life’s constantly fluctuating volatile memory can become too much and some of it needs to be purged! The benefits of rebooting ourselves helps us deal with everyday realities of work, home, and societal stressors. 


During this time, you may consider a Christian spiritual discipline called “Lent.” Lent is a 40-day observance occurring each spring leading up to Easter. (The 40-day period excludes Sundays, which are to be weekly celebrations of the Resurrection.) Lent began February 17th with the observance of Ash Wednesday. During Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, or denying themselves in some area to gain a greater focus on the sacrifices of our Lord. Whether your Christian tradition formally observes Lent or not, all of us could benefit from a period of introspection and contemplation. 


Our bodies require spiritual reboots. Whatever spiritual disciplines we choose, they should be consistent and part of our daily, monthly, and annual routines. May your reboot help you cope with the inevitable volatilities of life.






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