I was bemoaning the slowness of my computer, the unresponsiveness and the irritation of not being able to move through my work.
To put a stop to my whining my husband said,
“You need to clean out your cache and defrag.”
I love technology and yet I am admittedly not techy. I don’t care how or why it works -- I just want it to work. Seeing my irritated and puzzled face, he tried to clarify this in a way my I-don’t-care-how-or-why mind would understand.
He explained that the computer remembers every time I open a window whether it is a document or a website search. These memories begin to build up and create a bog in the computer that slows its speed and efficiency.
He said the computer organizes information in files and folders. Sometimes it doesn’t do this correctly so they become fragmented with wasted space disconnecting the information-- again slowing down the computer.
By defragging, the missed connections are joined back together in the proper way. By clearing the cache the buildup of junk memories on the computer is cleared to a clean slate. New memories can be made and it moves much smoother, faster and more effectively.
The visual of this stayed with me.
Don’t we all have a cache in our minds where we secretly store junk images and memories? While we unsuccessfully try to make sense of these, they become jumbled and out of order causing resentment and anger to build bogging US down and slowing the progress and advancement of our learning.
Our personal cache cleaning and defragmentation goes by a different term: forgiveness.
When we forgive we erase the secretly stored memories of perceived hurts and wrongdoings by others to us and our own perceived misconduct. We clear it to a clean slate. The good images that were fragmented between these stored junk memories are then able to join together in a smooth easy to process way.
So much of what happens in life we cannot control. But, what we hold inside we want to control. We carry life stories replaying them in the hopes of changing the way the stories end. This magnifies the bad memories reinforcing anger and hurt while avoiding the fact that the ending will not change.
By cleaning our mental cache through forgiveness we release the power these memories hold over us. Our minds and hearts are cleared of the negative emotions attached to the event or person we hold anger for. We release the need for control and the notion of changing the story’s ending. Our hearts and minds are lighter, happier and healthier. And, like my computer, we will have a clean slate to fill with new memories.
Is it time to defrag and clean your mental cache?
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Pennie's Life Lesson:
“Forgiveness clears your mind and heart,
freeing you to fill the open space with new loving memories.”
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Pennie Heart to Heart
There is a certain magic about where I live both physically and spiritually – on the crossroads of Spirit and Brave.
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