Today my window is actually Windows 7 on my laptop. I noticed a while ago the computer seemed to be slowing down. As a matter of fact the morning boot-up routine actually takes about 15 minutes to complete! It’s amazing how over time computers simply get bogged down with access program files and other little pieces of code sprinkled across the hard drive. Some of the code comes from websites trying to force feed ads our way, while other code is simply misplaced during program and computer shut down procedures.
I also tend to be an early adopter when it comes to new programs. What exactly does that mean? Many times I load up cool looking programs to try out, only to have them disappear into my Program Menu list never to be seen again until I delete them. I even found a copy of Google Remote Desktop still on my computer! Google doesn’t even support that program anymore. It took some time, but I have now successfully deleted and uninstalled a number of programs I no longer need. Next plan of attack for cleaning the PC – run my trusty old Malwarebytes program and then the usual scandisk type programs. Only time will tell if all of this work will speed up the computer.
I’m old enough to also remember the early versions of Windows going all the way back to 1.0. In those days – believe it or not – a technical help tip for Windows was to do what’s known as a “Format C:” command every 6 months! In other words, do a total clean and reformat of your hard drive. In those days a back-up did not mean a simple transfer to the Cloud. No, instead it meant hours of swapping out floppy disks copying all of your computer files to another location just to make sure you didn’t lose anything. I must admit, I never followed the “Format C:” tech tip advice.
Have you ever thought about doing a Format C: in your life? Some would say our minds are like computers. We have the ability to take in and retain a lot of information. Some of it good, some of it bad and some of it simply neutral. Through the years as I’ve counseled people it’s also amazing to discover how our mind protects us from harm. When trauma occurs, our mind can actually compartmentalize the trauma so it becomes buried deep in our subconscious. While on the surface this seems like a good thing. However, in the long run – just like the extra code on a computer hard drive – memory fragments can actually slow us down in life.
Are you feeling bogged down? Through the journey we call life have you found yourself taking in tidbits of information and programmed lifestyle choices that actually burden you down? Sometimes the company we keep will actually pull us down. If we’re surrounded by naysayers and people who always see the bad side of life, they will pull us down. If you find yourself in that situation, maybe it’s time for a Format C: and an upgrade to encouragers.
The author of Hebrews tells us we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” cheering us on to “complete the race” with great joy (Hebrews 12:1). In that same verse he also encourages us to “put off every weight that slows us down”. Weights can take many shapes and forms. Bitterness, hurt, disappointments, failed relationships…the list is really endless. The Good News is, we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” who can help us along the way and there is One who can set us free to move forward in joy through this journey called life.
Looking Out My Window is a regular column in the Northumberland Today newspaper located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.