Zen reboot

December 6, 2007



RebootSometimes, if your machine has been going for some time, working hard, cruft can get in the way and bog things down. At such times, it’s worth trying a “cleansing reboot”. Clear out your cache. Go back to zero.

I have laid down my Frost & Hirsch books. Instead, Kay has got me hooked on a science fiction series. (I’m a sucker for time travel.) I have also picked up an off-hours programming project, and it’s been fun to rediscover how much I enjoy recreational coding.

I have laid down my radical reforms. The Journey will do whatever The Journey does. I not only stopped posting to talkinchurch.com, I stopped reading it altogether. If anyone there has written stuff that would piss me off, I am blissfully unaware of it.

I lay these things down, but not because they are unimportant. The zen warrior knows that if he is too impassioned, if he strikes in anger, then his strength is going into the wrong place and he is less effective. He may inadvertently work against his own cause. To accomplish his objectives, he must rediscover his Center.

“You told me to go back to the beginning. So I have.” — Inigo Montoya



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

10 responses to Zen reboot

  1. You must be like the sea. When someone stabs the sea, it flows around the sword, and reforms as before. When wind blows, the top of the water becomes agitated, but the deep remains unmoving, unconcerned with the surface motion.

  2. “how does a pond respond when a rock is thrown into it? entirely appropriately with regard to the size and velocity of the rock.” of course, ponds evaporate, while rivers change everything they touch…

  3. Nathan, I am the pond. Until I decide to be the rock and hit you upside the head.

  4. Hey Jon! Long time no talk! My bad though!
    I know what you mean! I had a similar thing happen to me about 6 months ago. I decided I needed a sabatical from all the missiological pursuits. I picked up and old hobby from my youth…and have been LOVING it! And y’know what? There’s a spirituality to be found in Sci-fi and other more simplistic things. It is…it’s cleansing.
    Just the other day though, I did order a missiological type book on the recommendation of a friend. But I’m not going to give up the other stuff either. Balance grasshopper!

  5. What a great quote! Here’s another: “I swear on the soul of my father, Domingo Montoya, you will reach the top alive!”

  6. I think you are on to something!

  7. Rich, our parallels are curious! (I’m curious, what book?)

  8. Randall, this NOT a “what is your favorite Princess Bride line” post. There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world.

  9. Kevin, I figure the last thing the world needs is another “I’m emerging-missional, and my/your church sucks!” person.