Thanksgiving was a low-tech holiday at our house. We fed the geese that live at the end of our street and colored with magic markers. We used a lot of dishes and a lot of dish soap. The oven was put to good use. FaceTiming occurred and it worked really well, thanks to somebody else’s expertise. There were no Tech Frustrations!
My role this year, and each year we host, is something like “head of housekeeping”. I make sure the table is big enough and set, the house is clean, and the guest rooms are ready. I also make sure that there are age appropriate toys in the basement and the serving dishes are ready. Lucky me, not only am I’m married to the “head chef”, but we have extremely helpful relatives who bring lots of the food along with their smiles.
Previously I mentioned that I had listened to the audio book the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo. While I have not fully adopted all of her suggestions, I have started to use some of them and started to think differently. Basically she encourages you to rid your life of all items that do not “spark joy”. Her guidance enabled me to see at least a few things we had been storing for years in a new light. And some of these things now find themselves in new homes via freecycle, TrashNothing! and craigslist. The amazing thing is that it made a real difference as we prepared to host Thanksgiving this year. Finding things was easier and therefore the prep was more efficient and more fun.
This experience of rethinking the things I chose to keep in my house got me to wondering if we’d all be better off if we also applied some new thinking to the technology we use. Rather than chastise myself for not knowing how to use every single feature on every single device, instead, I think I’ll start trying to simply appreciate the features I do use and understand and forget about the others. I may even delete a few things. This doesn’t mean that I’m opposed to learning new things, of course, but it does mean that I’ll focus most of my attention on the features I need, like, and use already. I’ll appreciate what I have instead of what I may lack.
We’ll see if this helps avoid some Tech Frustrations in the future. Stay tuned.
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