Life choices: Undo, Copy and Paste, or Ctrl Alt Del

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.

๐Ÿ™ƒ ๐Ÿ™ƒ ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

(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. ๐Ÿ™„)

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.

35 thoughts on “Life choices: Undo, Copy and Paste, or Ctrl Alt Del

  1. I’m definitely not an undo person. I have made so many bad decisions and said so many stupid things that I have become used to living with the errors.

    I would lean towards being a copy and paste person. Not so much for repeating things that have already happened a

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    1. [oops… I hit Enter too soon — Maybe I should be an undo person ๐Ÿ˜‰ ]

      I would lean towards being a copy and paste person. Not so much for repeating things that have already happened as for seeing good ideas elsewhere and copying and pasting them into my own life.

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  2. Undo. Copy and paste – you might not get the same good feeling that you got before – although, you would, if it was a real copy and paste. Ctl alt del – no, there might be things of value in there that you wouldn’t want to get rid of. Undo the most useful, I think.

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  3. It is tempting to look back and wonder what would have happened if I had taken a different fork in the road, but as they say in those time travel movies, one change is never just one change, it compounds and changes a person’s whole history. Yes I wonder, but I try to live as much as possible without regrets.

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  4. I wouldn’t want to use any of them. I know that sounds strange, but… it has taken me forever to finally get to a point where I can look at all the ugly in my life and find some sort of peace with it. I genuinely love where I’ve ended up and I know I wouldn’t be here without every single one of those moments. Even the ones that make me cringe and would consider the undo button. I’m glad I never had that option. The whole “life is a journey” thing.

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      1. I don’t know that I’d consider it brave. For me it is just finding a different way of looking at things. I do so much better when I can find even the smallest bit that is positive. I can’t always find it and those times and moments are really hard to deal with, but it has helped to look anyway.

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  5. I pretty much wish I could change my entire life so I choose what someone else said in an earlier comment:

    Format C: and wipe out everything in your hardrive, back to just the operating system

    I loathe those people who say they have no regrets and wouldn’t change anything because all the bad stuff made them who they are today. Usually highly successful celebrities who aren’t living paycheck to paycheck. LOL

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  6. This post made me thing more about what key I use most on my computer!
    It’s not easy to apply the choices to life. I don’t want to wipe everything out but there’s little that I want to experience over and over…time to move on to new things. So I suppose undo would come in handy in more daily mistakes and frustrations. That ties in with my most used key: backspace. Sometimes I just want to change a small bit of life but not damage the important parts of what I’ve already done in the moments before. I think a little nudge on the backspace key would help those situations immensely ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It’s an interesting perspective because most people assume Ctrl Alt Del resets everything…so if you apply it to life, it would reset your whole life and most of us don’t want that. But I think the appeal for many is, like you say, similar to backspace…just reset part of a crappy morning, or difficult meeting, or a teenage argument…the list goes on.

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  7. Why choose CTRL-ALT-DEL? That wipes out the most recent. Now, if you go to your DOS mode, you can type in Format C: and wipe out everything in your hardrive, back to just the operating system. The only true, restart mode.

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  8. I feel the same way as you about undoing the dumb things Iโ€™ve said and done. As far as a copy and paste shortcut – if it would help speed up the monotonous stuff that I donโ€™t really want to do like housework I might choose that. For those special moments that I want to relive over and over Iโ€™d want those in real time so I could fully appreciate them.

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  9. Ctrl Alt Delete because I always want to return to ground level and begin again if I don’t like the outcome. Although I am not unhappy with the outcome, sometimes I do want to experience like the cat with 9 life’s.

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    1. And, this board game exists somewhere in the depth of your many bookshelves? You should dig it out and, while locating it, purge some stuff in the process. Consider it a delete delete delete option… ๐Ÿ˜›


  10. Wow. Is there another option? Sometimes Iโ€™m an undo, because I realize I said something stupid, but mainly I stand by what I say or do, and Iโ€™m a firm believer in moving forward, and I wouldnโ€™t change anything, because everything brought me to where I am now, which is pretty good. Iโ€™m not a copy paste, because those moments are special because theyโ€™re rare. If you keep pasting they lose significance. Definitely not c a d, because I donโ€™t like redos. Great thought provoking piece!

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    1. I gave 3 options and you want another one… lol ๐Ÿ˜›

      No. These are the only options I have. ๐Ÿ™‚

      For copy and paste…what about…a first kiss? That feeling you have when that happens?? Or…an especially tasty piece of cake or some other food you adore?

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      1. No. I remember them because they were special in their uniqueness. If you keep redoing that first kiss, it will become just a kiss. You wonโ€™t remember what was so special about it anymore because itโ€™s no longer special. Iโ€™d rather have the memory. I guess I would want a button to delete those bad memories that pop into your mind every now and then. The experience helps you grow….but I donโ€™t need the reminder

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