I've been dealing with a few issues at home. I'm talking about the printer, home computer network - how many of us thought we'd say that forty years ago - and the home furnace.
My printer issue ended up resolved through the use of a reboot option. Reboot and reset are sort of the same to me, yes, technical differences, depending upon the device involved, et cetera. They're close enough, though.
The printer reboot option was down at the bottom of a scroll. I didn't see it for sometime because I'd stop scrolling each time I saw diagnostics, trouble-shooting, or network configurations. I never made it to the bottom.
I went online to Bing to find solutions for what might be causing my furnace issues when they began. One guy mentioned that his thermostat had a reset button. He pushed it and that made a difference.
Ah hah, me said to me self.
My thermostat didn't have a reset button - or a reboot button. But I then went into the attic and checked the furnace for one.
It was worth a try.
How often have people wished for a reset button for their life? By that, I mean a chance to re-live a moment or a day or a period, and do it right, trying to change the outcome.
It's been a very long time since my I've wished for a personal reset button. I've wanted one in politics and for the world a few times, like back when Gore and Bush were contesting Florida. Yeah, give me a big fat reset button for that period. I'd be pressing hard and repeatedly on that puppy.
Or how about when the Presidential Daily Briefing was warning President Bush that Al Qaeda was determined to strike the US but he didn't take any action? You know, during his vacation the month before the terrorist strikes? Yes, a reset button to try to change that outcome would be nice. But if I'd managed to hit the reset button for the elections, maybe I wouldn't have needed a reset button for 9/11.
I bet, though, I bet the people up in Newton, CT, would like a reset button.
The need for a life reset button came to me as I reflected on my life. I posted about it, stepping back through Christmas and December, using five year markers. It's one part memory exercise, one part therapy, one part nostalgia.
I imagined the survivors of Sandy Hook Elementary School doing the same.
Many of us will shuffle the December killings to the back of our memories. How hard must that effort be for parents who lost their children? What about the children who lost friends, family, and teachers? There's no reset button for the fear they felt or the sounds they heard, or the aftermath.
How many years will they think of December and remember that day?
Two things are going around on Facebook to share. One is a joke.
Q: How many NRA members does it take to change a light bulb? A: More guns!
That's about how it seems, doesn't it? But another Facebook posting asks, "How many NRA members said that Trayvon Martin would still be alive if he was armed with a gun the night that George Zimmerman killed him?"
I haven't seen any NRA members recommend that Trayvon Martin to be armed so he could have fired back at George Zimmerman.
So how many more times will we wish we had reset buttons for days like December 14th, 2012? That's just one of the many times in 2012 when a killer took a gun and murdered many others, with weapons made for nothing more than killing many other humans quickly.
Let's hope America's politicians get their act together before we need too many more reset buttons.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com