Someone recently asked me, if I could choose to undo, or copy and paste, in real life, which would I choose?
It’s an interesting question…but he left out a crucial option: Ctrl Alt Del.
Let’s think about this more concretely.
We all know the little undo option that comes up when we type something, right? For instance, if I right click on my mouse (yes I still use a mouse so what!) I get this little window on my screen.
It’s pretty self explanatory: click undo to get rid of what I just typed.
What about copy and paste?
The copy and paste function is one I use on occasion when I want to repeat an item several times. I sometimes do it with emojis…like this one.
🙃 🙃 🙃
More applicably, I copy and paste (or cut and paste) entire paragraphs and move them around when I write stuff. Not so much in blog posts, more in the creative writing thing I do sometimes. It’s easy…and I can always undo if the paragraph in question should be moved back into its original spot. 😉
(This happens more often than I care to admit…)
When faced with the question which I would choose in real life, I chose undo over copy and paste.
Main reason? I dislike uncomfortable feelings that are a result of having said or done something dumb. (I say or do something done all the time. 🙄)
Wishing, in hindsight, that I had not said or done the dumb thing would be an example where I would choose undo. This way I simultaneously eliminate the discomfort.
As far as the copy and paste function? I wonder if that could be related a little bit to wishful thinking.
If something makes you feel really good, but it’s an isolated or rare event, and you had the option to copy and paste this event, would you?
Finally, the part that was missing in the above discussion with my friend is the Ctrl Alt Del part.
As most of of us know, this option reboots everything from the start.
I have recently blogged about this myself – it was one of those weeks where things were falling apart all around me and I really wished I could just reboot the entire day, or week, or month.
Sure would be nice…
So what are you?
Copy and paste?
Ctrl Alt Del?
It’s your turn to contribute.
PS If there are a lot of responses, I may craft a new blog post and display them, linking back to you. Depends on my time and schedule, so no promises… but go ahead! I’m interested. Let me know what you think.