Sinple Things

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Maybe I’m just getting old, but it seems to me that life is getting way too complicated these days.  I can remember an earlier time when people got along in life just fine without electronics, instant information and constant contact.  Back in those times, you opened the garage door yourself, set things out to thaw and ate food that was actually what it appeared to be.  Back then, if you wanted to cool your house, you closed the blinds, and to cool your car, you rolled down the windows… with a crank. What was really strange back then was that most households survived with only one income, but then those people didn’t have bills for multiple phones, internet, cable or satellite; well you can see where we’re headed.

Yes, this must be the musings of someone who is ancient.

The funny thing is that back in those days, people spoke of “what is really important” and it was about the same list that we have today.  I interpret that as showing that all of the modern things that we think of as essential, haven’t really made much of anything “important” any better.  I might even go so far as to say that they may have even made some worse.  Here’s an example:  Today we have so many time-saving devices that we have no time to simply talk.  You would think that with mobile phones in everyone’s pocket, we would talk to other people more than ever, but then we started texting. You would think that in a social media world, we would really stay in contact with one another, but instead we are slaves to the very media that are supposed to bring us together.  Last Valentine’s Day, I sat in a restaurant across from a nice young couple who were sitting at their table, each of them texting other people; they hardly had time for their “Valentine” across the table!

So what is really important?  Our faith, our family, close friends… our relationships!

Maybe we need to make time for our relationship with Jesus Christ, our relationship with our spouses, or families and close friends.  Maybe this needs to be a time free from media, electronics, games, TV, and movies. Maybe we as a people need to re-discover a lost skill: Conversation!

I don’t want to go crazy here, but I wonder if so many couples would need to work so hard to make ends meet if we were willing to live a more simple lifestyle…

OK, that is crazy!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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23 Responses to Sinple Things

  1. nersonangelo says:

    I’m into electronic gadgets but only for doing my work (music production) which needs them, but I always feel lost in social networks specialy FB, People always showing their faces in all angles, and they get so many likes, and you will have second thoughts publishing a work (artwork) cause it will be ignored. Very different from WordPress, I feel somewhat at home here. I hate the growing fact that it’s becoming somewhat of a necessity, cause my family is using the private messaging of FB for important communications and they almost don’t know how to email.. ;(

  2. Technology is like honey. If eaten in moderation, it is very healthy. Eat too much honey and it will make you sick said King Solomon.

    Regards and good will blogging.

    What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.

  3. Rivera says:

    At my age.. (senior citizen).. you can just imagine the change I’ve seen. I have a 7 year old grandson who has the world at his fingertips.. and knows how to reach it all..!! I can only pray; and I do..!!

    • Don Merritt says:

      My grandson talks about his video games as though they are real life… Yes, pray!

      • I thank god for my 13 year old computer guru grandson to help me with today’s technology. My mind is willing but sometimes you need a little help from a grandson to save yourself a lot of wasted effort trying to keep up with technology.on your computer.

        • Don Merritt says:

          It’s funny how that works; got a question about electronics… ask a 13 year old! It’s surely true, isn’t it?

          • There are a few other Solomon proverbs about the differences between young and old.

            Grey hair is a crown of glory of achievement of making it alive to an old age and a young man’s strength is their asset.

            You need a lot of time and stamina today to figure out today’s technology .

            It is not in what you know but how you use what you know that the grey hair guys may have come to realize with time.

            Hope you are still awake after reading my ramblings.

            Regards and good willl blogging.

  4. katebortell says:

    I dont think its crazy at all. I think youve hit the nail right on the head!! Great post!

  5. paulfg says:

    You sound just my parents! 🙂 My own take is that us oldies fail to understand how the youngies make use of their gadgets. And if we did we would be youngies as well. I also think, as you say, the important stuff stays the same from generation to generation. My only observation on all your words is simple: Thank God God doesn’t have gadgets!

  6. dyfedwyn says:

    Living simply is a tough thing to do in this modern age but essential for us to learn how to do. For the sake of our environment, the poor, and the downtrodden.

    Thanks for this reminder.

  7. D W Martens says:

    Well, I use the “Armstrong” brand of garage door opener, and have several “Armstrong” snow throwers (which, thankfully, I have not had to use yet this year). Yet, I use these “Fingerstrong” keyboards.

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    Simple Things…

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