As I was getting my coffee one morning at work, I recalled a memory of something funny that happened a few weeks back…
Just like any other day, I went to put my coffee pod in the coffee machine when I saw three engineers standing around it. I just said, "Excuse me fellas" and walked around them because surly they are not there to fix the machine, and if they are I'm sure that it's not going to take three of them, right? Wrong! They stopped me and said it's broken, "What? How? What? What do you mean? It looks fine to me!" I replied, not giving them a chance to answer the first question. Hey I needed my coffee! lol. But they insisted that it was broken, that they can't get it to turn on. I was still standing there with my empty cup in one hand and my coffee pod in the other looking at them like they just told me the world was about to end. They started talking about how it might be this, and might be that, one wanted to take it apart, and another one left to go look up more information about it online. Well, I just wasn't having it, so right before everyone walked away I went over to the coffee pot, saw it wasn't on and pushed the button. Just like that it came on, everyone stop and looked at me while saying, "What? How did you do that? What did you do?". "I just turned it on" I replied, and they all started laughing.
They thought that it was some hard thing that you had to do to get it on. Believe me it was funny around the office for a few days. Everyone had jokes about how many engineers does it take to turn on a coffee machine and about how they should move me to their department and so many more.
That got me thinking about how their lives could have been so simple within those few hours--yes, they spent hours trying to fix this--if only they had thought the simple way. Which brought me to the question of "What things have I done in my life that could have been simple?". See I wasn't thinking like an engineer, I was thinking like a person that drinks coffee almost every day. And that person knows that if the auto coffee maker is off then you turn it on, and in order to do that you have to know where the button/switch is located. At times we rely on technology to make our lives simpler and we can forget how to think simple. They went straight to the computers, manual, ready to take it completely apart to "fix" it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that technology is bad. In fact, I love it! I'm simply saying that it can change the way we think. We have all of these machines to help us make our lives simpler and we have forgotten how to simplify our thoughts. That day I went home and started looking around my house for what I have to help simplify my life. "Wow, look at the tools I have to help me simplify my life and do I really need them all?", was the question I asked myself as I stood around a stack of appliances in my kitchen. Nope I didn't, so I got rid of those things, those simplifying life appliance that I did not need. I don't need a key finder on my keys when I have a place to hang up my keys, all I have to do is hang them up, key finder gone. I do need a can opener but do I really need two? Especially when one runs on batteries which, when they die, I have to replace them. Battery operated can opener gone. I continue this for a while and I'm sure I didn't get rid of everything that I could have but I was happy that I had made my life simpler by getting rid of some "make your life simpler tools".
I'm also working on changing other things in my life to help me simplify it. Things like fold; hang up and put away my laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer, do the dishes as soon as I'm finished cooking, and also make my lunch the day before. I know that these things are small and they won't change it dramatically but it will change it enough to be noticed.
What I'm getting at is, every now and then take a look at your life, think simple, and make simple changes and choices. The solution may be that it just needs to be turned on.
Born in the city and raised in the mountains of Ky. Taking on life one day at a time!