Oct 18, 2010

Recover files just like your first love - a parable

 If you internal hard disk goes bad and you had to replace it, know that there is still a way to salvage the files in there.  You can get this device that connect to the hard disk and then connect it to your PC using a USB port.  This device will have its own power source, so it kind of turns your internal hard into an external one.  Chances are you'll read some wierd file names that you want to save somewhere.  Then you COPY those files and save it with the extension that you think is appropriate like jpeg if those were pictures.  Do NOT RENAME those files so that you always go back to them.  Here is the name of that reader.  I'm sure their site will provide more instructions on how to recover your files.  SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter gives you the flexibilty of connecting almost any type of drive to your computer via USB.  The SATA and IDE drives are all supported and can be easily hot-swapped to your system.  The included external power adapter will allow you to power your drives outside your system giving you the ability to quickly add or swap between drives without opening your case.  My good news is that the files can still be recovered.  Hopefully, you did not decide to reformat it when you wanted to recover and reinstall the system files.  Reformatting wipes everything clean so if you took that path, then I hope you kissed your files goodbye because they're gone for good.

Now for the parable.  The internal hard drive is your life with memories, decisions, ideals and inspirations.  Sometimes, these get buried and blurred in the humdrum and grind of daily living.  Recovering them is like what the Lord exhorts us to do in Revelation 2:4-5 "But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you, and will remove your lampstand out of its place-unless you repent." 

It was said that after ordination, the priest has a godly scent.  After a few years, he starts to have an angelic scent.  Then, he get the fragrance of saints.  Still later, he smells like a man.  Until, he sinks into the dung heap of worldly compromise and sin;  that's when he reeks.

The same with marriage.  "ASAWA" is the Filipino word for spouse.  That's how the couple treats and feels about each other at the start.  Later, it becomes "SAWA" meaning "tired of it" because the relationship has lost its excitement.  Down the road, it turns into "AWA" or pity - the only thing holding the marriage together.  Finally, it is "WA" or nothing is enjoyed or shared together.

That is why the Lord calls us to recover our first love.  Do you remember your fervor during your perpetual profession, priestly ordination or episcopal consecration. Or if you're married, do you remember what made you love your spouse - that moment when you decided that this person is the one.  Try it otherwise you're looking at a slippery slope and the Lord or your spouse doesn't want someone tired, cynical, jaded or lukewarm.

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