The other day there was a serious emergency that ended with a grave tragedy in the Smith Household.

A few months ago, I got a new computer.  A desktop.  A Mac.  I had moved just about everything from my beloved PC laptop to the demonic Mac, except my iTunes.  Anytime I needed to synch my iPod or buy a new song, I would turn back to my PC because I was having trouble figuring out how to get my playlists from the PC to the Mac .  While this might not sound like a big deal to most, for me it was serious stuff.   I use my iPod almost everyday.  I had over 20 different playlist to correspond to my mood at any given time.  I had at least 5 different playlists for my Zumba classes.  The prospect of losing my playlists was a risk I was unwilling to take.

But last week, I’m sitting at my computer realizing how ridiculous it is that I am holding on to a 2nd computer just for the sake of a few playlists on iTunes.  I bit the bullet and did the best I could to import my iTunes library onto the new machine.  And, just as I suspected….I lost all of my playlists (if you know how to do this the right way, keep it to yourself, the damage is done.)

I spent the better portion of the afternoon new trying to recreate the old playlists but in the end I just made new ones.  And then I realized that wasn’t such a bad thing.  It was time for new playlists.  Some of my Zumba sets were getting stale.  Some of the songs that used to be “Favs” I was skipping whenever they came on, the playlist that was supposed to be the most current songs was over a year old, and a couple of the playlists were dedicated exclusively to artists that I wasn’t interested in anymore.  I was in a musical rut and as it turned out having my iTunes playlists blown away was a blessing that forced me to shake things up.

Is your life like that?  Have things gotten stale?  You work the same job, go to the same church, follow the same morning routine, say the same prayer at every meal, give the same amount of money month after month.  Maybe its time to shake things up.  It doesn’t have to be anything drastic like moving to another country or quitting your job.  It can be as simple as finding someone at your job or church that you don’t know and making an effort to befriend them.  Perhaps you could change the ministry that you volunteer in at church.  While there are some benefits to having a set routine, every now and then its worthwhile to change things up.  You never know what you’ll find.

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