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If it's not one computer, it's another—spent much of last night fighting with my Twentieth Anniversary Mac. It's been crashing with increased frequency, probably as much a function of being almost a decade old as any other single problem. A fresh system install didn't cure all ills, so I'm trying to back it up, but it has trouble staying online long enough to finish the job (with no USB, Firewire, or media burner, a network backup is the only reasonable option). In the absence of a computerized version of Viagra®, I'll just have to do what I can.

For whatever reason, lately I've found myself drawn back to bits of the past—searching for old friends, looking back on places I used to study, work, and live, and other nostalgic exercises. There's nothing wrong with nostalgia per se, but much of the time I think there's an undercurrent of trying to reclaim that past and work out my own redemption. That's bad theology and bad living, a deeper, subtler enemy of gratitude. No one goes back to the Garden, ever. Trying to do so is sin, and the potential cost is losing sight of the present and the future. "Further up and further in!"

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I've heard it said

You can never go back home again...it's never the same...

Re: I've heard it said

I've even tried it and had it go sour. I can be very stubborn and dense.
God just told me once again today that I'm 'on a journey from which I won't return'. Aren't we all?
Excellent perspective.
I've struggled in the past w/ wallowing in sentiment and nostalgia. I now avoid it like the plague. For me, it's an unnecessary energy suckah.
This is very wise.
"I never look back, dahling. It distracts from the now."
This entry from a friend's blog made me think of you and your Macs....
"Further up and further in!"

The Last Battle was one of my favorite Narnia books! I can hardly wait for the next movie to come out... *squee*

So what are you doing to keep from dwelling in the past, aside from recognizing it?