Ctrl Z and Do-Overs

I learn by doing. If there isn't a goal out there for me to meet, it seems that just 'learning for the sake of learning' does not suit me.

I think that's one of the reasons Carl, my late husband, chose to go to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Their motto was/is Learn by Doing. Plus his sister and her husband lived there and attended the same school. He thought so highly of them.

Learning by doing, he had more than just book, pencil, and paper skills. (No computers back then for any average students -they didn't exist). Those structural engineering classes he told me about could be a bit dangerous. They often had to do projects outside in the dark and get them done quickly, kind of like a T.P. job at a friend/enemies house. Quick and dirty.

One night the cops came and almost arrested those in the class, but they talked their way out of that event..because they were at a school setting up some equipment they had made for the kids. Not so sure about doing that these days. Nonetheless, I think all of those 'learn by doing' experiences made him an excellent sailboat/yacht designer.

I'm the last one to call myself computer-trained. Gosh, when we first got a used Apple II+ computer, (I think we paid $2500 for it), I watched as Carl figured it out. This machine required us to hit the period button twice to get a period on the screen. We're talking primitive!

I didn't then, and do not now, care how the computer works. For me it's just like a Kitchen-Aid standing mixer. You pour the stuff into it, and it gets mixed up. You bake it. It's good.

That brings me to control z. Last night was the first time I had ever heard about this. My off-site website-meister was walking me through some (technical-to-me) transitions that I needed to know about regarding moving my real estate blog over to WordPress, from Blogger.

I needed to copy and paste some important website-bites, and they just disappeared. Oh no! Now what? He calmly said put your cursor where it should be, and hit Control z. It's magical! It's a way to make what has disappeared come back to life! Suddenly the data reappears!

In the last 24 hours I have used Ctrl z at least 6 times on my computer. I wonder if each of us has some type of Ctrl z built into us. What if we've made a nasty comment about somebody,or even think it...is there a Ctrl z button in us?

If the thought or comment simply disappears, it remains a void. But if we actually replace it with what was there to begin with, we are able to correct a mistake and make it right...even whole!

Gosh, I really hate do-overs. And I've had tons of those throughout my life. Something like a Ctrl z, in my head, may make me think twice about how I think! For the rest....they may have to work on the do-overs until they discover their own Ctrl Z's.

Live richly, marilyn


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