There is saying ( or is it a line in a song….anyway, moving on) that I bet you have heard that goes “The simple things in life are free”. As the cost of, well…everything, goes up and up, I have to say that I’m glad this phrase seems to hold true because of what the simple things in life can bring us.
As technology advances by leaps and bounds on a daily basis, more and more things we use everyday incorporates said technology into it. I never would have guessed growing up that by the time I hit my thirties, you could buy a refrigerator that could keep track of whats in it and order stuff automatically for you. Or that you could have anything you want delivered to your door simple by asking a little cylindrical device in your living room to order it. I am by no means against technology. In fact, most of this blog I’m writing on my iPhone during my lunch breaks at work. But you have to admit that the rising cost of things can be partly attributed to the technology that is being placed into it. Lets take the refrigerator as an example of what I’m talking about.
I looked up prices of refrigerators on the internet, plain jane one’s and smart one’s, with a double door fridge and a freezer on the bottom. Here is what I found
A plain Jane fridge that just keeps food cold runs between $400 – $2,000
A smart Fridge with wifi runs between $3,500 – $8,000
I know…that’s what I said too. $8,000 for a fridge. Even if I had the money to spend I wouldn’t buy a fridge that expensive. Again the only difference in the two types of refrigerators is the technology incorporated in the one over the other. And don’t even get me started with the automotive industry and all the tech that they have to put in cars and trucks now a days. Go to your local car lot and try to find a simple base model vehicle (after say, 2014 model year) and see what you come up with.
That brings me to the point of my blog this week. All this technology is incorporated to make our lives easier and less stress full. And for the most part I’m great full for the modern convinces we have today. But the other day my son made me realize something.
My son will be two years old come May. For his one year birthday we got him an old fashion, metal, Tonka dump truck. He absolutely loves to push the dump truck around the house and spends a lot of the day doing it. Last month for Christmas he got a remote control truck and to his credit ( and for me to brag a little bit) he was able to figure out how to make it go with the remote. The thing is, he still prefers to bend down and push it by hand around the house like the dump truck. So even though the remote control truck is a lot more complex than the Tonka, he gets the most joy out of using it in the simplest way.
As I thought about that in my day to day activities at home and at work, I realized that it is the simple things in life that bring the most joy. Here is a good way to think of it. The automotive industry incorporates more technology into newer products than most anything else you can buy. Most manufacturers are putting CVT transmissions in their cars and either eight or ten speed automatic transmissions in their trucks. But all that newer tech to tell your vehicle when to shift still doesn’t bring the amount of joy that banging through the gears of a manual transmission can bring, at least in my opinion ( and no, I don’t think tapping a button counts as being manual).
It’s easy to get caught up in the complexity of the modern world, and just as easy for that complexity to bring much anxiety in your life that has no reason to be there. Take time today, and the rest of the week, to think on the simple things of life. Be it a kind word some one said to you, the peacefulness of taking a walk somewhere you enjoy, or even just watching your kids playing together “nicely” in the corner of your living room. If you think about it you’ll be surprised at how big the list can get. It’s those things, the simple things in life that are free, that can bring us the most happiness. We just need to not be so blind to them.
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Jason A. Dimmick
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