MODERN CONVENIENCES VS. OLD-SCHOOL METHODS: As someone who has lived through so many technological and societal changes in the past half century, I have been wrestling with a few questions:
- With all the time-and-energy-saving conveniences that have cropped up over the past century, why does it seem that there are never enough hours in a day?
- Is it possible that we get more work done in less time with modern conveniences, yet the process and experience is less satisfying?
- We all have more 'leisure time' since so many difficult, mundane chores have become much easier to accomplish (sometimes with the click of a mouse). Is the satisfaction we get from our leisure time enough to feel whole?
- How important is it to occasionally 'step back in time' and rediscover the satisfaction of a job well done, the old-school way (i.e., write a letter, a song (or yes, even a blog) by hand, or with a manual typewriter)?
No, I don't want to go back to sweeping my floor every day. I love my vacuum cleaner that does not spray the dust back into the air. Yes, I am glad to have an oven and a stove in my home that will let me cook inside. THAT SAID, I am glad to have had the experience of only having a broom when I was a young adult...and glad to have learned to cook on a campfire and even on the surface of a wood-burning stove in my youth. There's something about the simplicity of the swoosh of the broom on the floor...and having to wait patiently as the food cooks a bit more slowly, without electricity. Maybe it's the simplicity of doing things a more natural way that feeds my soul...that makes me feel complete...that satisfies my very being...that simplifies my life.
I would be honored for you to follow my link and give a listen to a song I wrote a few years ago, called Simplify. It's about appreciating the simple things in life, the things of my youth...those very things that I often turn my back on to keep up with society. Here's to slowing down and simplifying when the world is moving way too fast! Like on a lazy Sunday, like today. Thank you, as always, for reading. Here's the link:
Until next blog, peace and love to you...dorothy