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“‘As you were'” is a standard military command. It means, literally, ‘[return] to your previous posture’. Soldiers must snap to a formal ‘attention’ position when an officer enters their presence, and the officer issues this command to indicate they may resume their prior activities. The order is also used figuratively to command troops to moderate a temporary excitement. A poster on Urban Dictionary wittily describes the command as ‘The reset button of life.'”
The reset button of life!
We all were born curious, trusting, carefree. As babies we had no fear of pain or failure. That was left to the adults to worry about.
We knew that somehow breakfast will show up. So will lunch and dinner. If it doesn’t show up at the right time, the adults will hear it! We didn’t care how many clothes or shoes we had. Our work was play, interjected with feeding (refueling) and rest.
But gradually, we were tutored in what constitutes danger. We were told fear ought to be our first reflex and not blind trust. We were taught to only pay good for good. And evil for evil. We had to be reminded that someone had hurt us in the past and this must not be forgotten or forgiven.
We were inadvertently taught that God is almighty, He is our Father, He loves us; yet we couldn’t quite trust Him with our very lives. We must help Him. Step in. Find a way out. Any way out.
Today, I’m here to remind you that the carefree, trusting, fearless, curious child is still inside of you somewhere. You still want play to be your work. You still want to forgive quickly and live fearlessly. You still want to go to sleep with no care in the world knowing that someone who loves you is watching over you. It’s in your DNA. It’s the way we all were. Before adulting crept in on us, and put us at a perpetual attention.
Today, I’m here to give you a military command: “As you were!” “Relax!” “At ease!”
You must learn to trust again, to follow your curiosity, to keep no record of wrongs, to forgive quickly, to remain curious. You must learn to love again, with no strings attached. You must learn to laugh again, even when nothing is really that funny. You must learn to try again, no matter how many times you’ve failed. You must learn to be content again, with the bare essentials.
Only in returning to the way we originally were will we find true joy and peace.
Take charge of your life! Yes, you can!